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Breaking the glass ceiling : corporate strategies for advancing executive women

by Wyman, Riley Dodd

Abstract

As the composition of the workforce grows to at least fifty percent women, female executives remain the exception to the rule. Facing unique obstacles in advancement, women stagnate as they move up the corporate “ladder.” Companies that lack women in the highest levels lose competitive edge, and as research emerges as to the importance of women in the executive suite, companies explore strategies for retaining and advancing females. Using case study analysis and interviews with female employees to analyze specific organizational strategies at Deloitte and General Mills, this thesis explores best practices and corporate strategies for advancing executive women. Bridging cultural and structural strategies, Deloitte and General Mills are considered two of the top companies for promoting women. These companies build strong business cases, demonstrate a commitment through action over rhetoric, create strong accountability mechanisms, maintain CEO-level advocacy and support, and drive change through continual improvement. Using these companies as models, the thesis elucidates these five themes as well as ten best practices for developing a targeted program for advancing executive women.

Note

bachelor

Bachelor of Arts

Includes bibliographical references.

Administrative Notes

None

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:3353
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
147 pages : illustrations (some color)
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Stimpert, Larry
Department/Program
Department of Economics and Business
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2011