America's Competitive Secret

America's Competitive Secret : Women Managers

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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 analyses 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 142.24 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • halftones
  • 0195119142
  • 9780195119145
  • 2,003,102

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"All businesses are finally for and with people. People as customers, as coworkers, as suppliers, or as other partners. Motivation and inspiration of people requires trust, caring, purpose, and dignity. Only that can make people grow to their full potential. These are qualities that Judy Rosener defines as typical for women as leaders-comfortable sharing power and empowering other. Let us hope that this book can help encourage more women and men to come forward representing and believing in these values."-Goran Carstedt, Chief Executive Officer, IKEA North America "Can corporate America afford to underutilize women in its executive and professional ranks? Professor Rosener shifts the debate from sentiment and fairness to economics. In clearly written, declarative language, America's Competitive Secret changes the debate in the boardroom from 'what is the right thing to do' to 'what is the necessary thing to do' to upgrade the use of all human resources in business. Professor Rosener slams the sledgehammer of economics against the glass ceiling."-Abraham Zaleznik, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership Emeritus, Harvard Business School "Rosener has it right-professional women are corporate America's secret weapon!"-Muriel Siebert, Chairman and President, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., and first woman member of The New York Stock Exchange "Dr. Rosener offers a very positive look at the role of women in leading companies. Her book will give welcome encouragement to women about the value of their contributions and helpful guidance to managers about establishing people-friendly workplaces that allow both men and women to be themselves."-Rosabeth Moss Kanter, author of When Giants Learn to Dance and Men and Women of the Corporation "Provides valuable insight into one of the most important management challenges of the '90s-effectively using women in management....Dr. Rosener's book helps chart the course to accomplish this business imperative."-J. Michael Cook, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte & Touche LLP "A consistently thought-provoking book that is filled with real-life examples and quotable comments from both men and women in today's competitive workplace. Some will find her approach disturbing, others liberating, but without a doubt she has raised the discussion about women and work to new heights."-Elynor A. Williams, Vice President, Public Responsibility, Sara Lee Corporation "Men who work with and for women, and women who work with and for men, should read Judy B. Rosener's book. Why? Because it is a straightforward and readable guide that will help each side understand the other's attitude about women in management."-The Washington Post "[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."-Booklist "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 "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 "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 "Rosener has observed firsthand the emergence and importance of women in the U.S. economy."-Chicago Tribune "Straightforward and readable."-The Washington Postshow 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 more

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