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Reflections on the labyrinth: Investigating Black and Minority Ethnic leaders’ career experiences

Wyatt, Madeleine, Silvester, Jo (2015) Reflections on the labyrinth: Investigating Black and Minority Ethnic leaders’ career experiences. Human Relations, 68 (8). pp. 1243-1269. ISSN 0018-7267. E-ISSN 1741-282X. (doi:10.1177/0018726714550890) (KAR id:43148)

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Abstract

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) employees appear to experience more difficulty reaching senior leadership positions than their white counterparts. Using Eagly and Carli’s (2007) metaphor of the labyrinth our aim was to give voice to black and minority ethnic managers who have successfully achieved senior management roles, and compare their leadership journeys with those of matched white managers. This paper used semi-structured interviews and attribution theory to examine how 20 black and minority ethnic and 20 white senior managers, from a UK government department made sense of significant career incidents in their leadership journeys. Template analysis was used to identify facilitators and barriers of career progression from causal explanations of these incidents. Although BME and white managers identified four common themes (visibility, networks, development, and line manager support), they differed in how they made sense of formal and informal organisational processes to achieve career progression. The findings are used to theorise about the individual and organisational factors that contribute to the leadership journeys of minority ethnic employees.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0018726714550890
Uncontrolled keywords: Ethnicity, Race, Leadership, Labyrinth, Diversity, Careers, Sense-making
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Madeleine Wyatt
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 08:24 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/43148 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Wyatt, Madeleine: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6853-4656
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