What progress have African Americans made in corporate America? This book examines the evidence by drawing on studies of almost 200 black corporate managers and their families. A past president of the New York State Council on Family Relations, author Susan D. Toliver, shows that black families have progressed in corporate America, but the inroads are uneven. Toliver takes a penetrating look at how the cultural identity of black families has been influenced by their participation in corporate America. She also suggests that corporations deepen their commitment to cultural diversity, not in name onlyùbut work to emphasize the talents and develop the strengths of the African American community. Black Families in Corporate America explores the following areas: + Shifting gender dynamics within the families of black managers + Changes in approaches to parenting + Issues of racial identity within corporations and the professional black community Black Families in Corporate America will appeal to scholars in ethnic studies, multicultural counseling, family theory, sociology, social work, personnel management, organizational development, and cross-cultural psychology.
Chapter 3: How the Research was done: Methods, Materials, and Sources of Data
How the Research was done: Methods, Materials, and Sources of Data
The objective of this investigation was to identify the sources of stress and strengths of black corporate managers and their families, and to explore the nature of their experiences. This chapter will focus on the data needed, the tools and techniques used in gathering them, the sources of data, and the selection of the sample.
The data for this study were collected on the basis of in-depth personal interviews and written questionnaires. Interviews were conducted with corporate managers, some of their spouses, and less formal interviews were conducted with the children of corporate managers. Interviews with managers and their spouses ranged from 50 minutes to ...