America's Competitive Secret

America's Competitive Secret : Utilizing Women as a Management Strategy

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The United States has a large number of well educated, experienced professional women ready, willing and able to move into the boardrooms and executive suites of corporate America. Together they represent a great, untapped economic resource, a resource no other country in the world can claim. This is America's competitive secret, argues Judy B. Rosener in this refreshingly pragmatic new book for managers who want to improve their bottom line. A leading expert on women and men at work and a highly sought-after speaker, Rosener argues that not only are men and women different, so are male and female managers. Drawing on in-depth interviews with top-flight executives and middle managers and the latest research on working women and organizational change, she describes the unique contribution of female professionals. Her profiles of top women managers reveal that they cope well with ambiguity, are comfortable sharing power, and they tend to empower others-- leadership traits that Rosener contends lead to increased employee productivity, innovation, and profits. As businesses today struggle with corporate reorganization and an increasingly diverse workforce, America's Competive Secret offers compelling evidence that the changes that help organizatiions more fully utilize the talents of women are the same changes that will give them an important edge in today's fast-changing, service oriented, global workplace. Rosener explains why the so-called glass ceiling still prevents many competent women from reaching the upper echelons of management. She analyzes why women and men are perceived and evaluated differently at work, and provides new insight into the feelings of men who are asked to interact with women in new roles when there are few new rules. Rosener shows that removing the glass ceiling can no longer be viewed solely in terms of social equity--it is now an economic imperative. Too many American businesses have limited their economic strength by viewing the promotion of women employees only within the context of federally mandated affirmative action laws and policies. America's Competitive Secret redefines the issue for a new era, showing that America's most successful competitive strategy is one that most effectively utilizes all its human resources.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 251 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line drawings, bibliography
  • 0195080793
  • 9780195080797

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"Rosener has observed firsthand the emergence and importance of women in the U.S. economy."--Chicago Tribune"A thoughtful, well-reasoned analysis of gender disparity and discrimination in the workplace and of how corporations can be shown that change is in their economic self-interest."--Library Journal"Optimistic...about the possibility of corporations healing themselves....American women, [Rosener] argues, are an untapped, or at least an underutilized, competitive resource, held back by discrimination and other corporate practices that fail to value their contributions....Ms. Rosener, like most Americans, believes inequity can be remedied with information and common sense."--The New York Times"If you are a woman who is grappling with the frustration of getting ahead in a traditional company, you will find inspiration and encouragement from the stories of other women who have also faced these battles....By exposing the issues and possibilities of women-as-managers in the first book ever written on this specific subject, Rosener addresses the topic head-on and shows us all how to come out winners."--Atlanta Small Business Monthly"[Rosener] argues that women possess leadership abilities particularly suited to today's organizational structures and that no other country has as many educated and experienced professional women as the U.S.; however, women, men, and organizations must change to take full advantage of this competitive edge, and Rosener suggests ways to do so."--Booklistshow more

About Judy B. Rosener

About the Author: Judy B. Rosener, Ph.D. is a professor in the Graduate School of Management at UC-Irvine. She is the author of the celebrated Harvard Business Review article, "Ways Women Lead," and co-author of Workforce America! Managing Employee Diversity as a Vital Resource.show more

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