Minority Success in Corporate Management

  • Nancy DiTomaso
  • Donna E. Thompson
Part of the Plenum Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)


“Making it” has been the focus of the decade of the 1980s in the United States. Some argue that this is because of the rapid change of the two decades preceding the 1980s; others point out that it is because changes in the economic structure of the country have made this generation the first to face lower economic attainment than their parents. And, some say it is due to a deterioration in moral character. No matter what the reasons, though, the evidence is clear: The number of majors in business and other job-related fields in colleges has jumped from just over 20% in 1965–1966 to over 40% in 1980–1981 (National Center for Education Statistics, 1983–1984:118–119). The only job-related field that did not experience substantial increases in growth during this period is education: Instead, it declined by about half. The biggest increase and the most popular field at this time is, by far, business and management, with even engineering and computer science lagging far behind. Needless to say, the traditional arts and science fields have, in turn, experienced steady declines in enrollment since about 1970.


Black Manager Affirmative Action Minority Woman Corporate Management Minority Manager 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy DiTomaso
    • 1
  • Donna E. Thompson
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutgers Graduate School of ManagementNewarkUSA

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