The New CEOs: Women, African American, Latino, and Asian American Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies
A new book by Richard L. Zweigenhaft and
The New CEOs is the capstone in a series of books by Richard L. Zweigenhaft and Bill Domhoff on the diversification of the American power structure. It goes well beyond our previous work by examining the class backgrounds, educational credentials, and social networks of the 75 women and people of color who became CEOs of major corporations in the past 15-20 years. It points out the similarities and differences we discovered with comparable samples of white male counterparts (Jewish and gentile) on several factors. It includes analyses of the differences in corporations that have and have not appointed non-traditional CEOs, reveals how corporations reshaped affirmative action to fit their goals, traces the corporate funding networks that sponsor promising students of color into elite private schools, and anticipates future CEO diversity through a look at corporate pipelines.
Zweigenhaft and Domhoff provide new information and up-to-date statistics on diversification in the corporate world that hopefully will be of interest to students of sociology, political science, and business, women's studies, black studies, Latino studies, Asian-American studies, and ethnic studies.
Praise for The New CEOs
"In this new book, Richard L. Zweigenhaft and G. William Domhoff prove they are the best among social and behavioral scientists writing about diversity and inclusion. The findings they present are accessible yet challenging, and the inclusion of appendixes, tables, and figures are immensely helpful. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the new global political economy."
"The New CEOs is a unique and compelling analysis of the factors that promote (or hinder) demographic diversity among the top brass of American industry. The combination of historical, biographical, and empirical accounts create a rich and engaging narrative. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the evolving profile of the corporate 'chieftain.'"
"This book is especially noteworthy because it not only provides the descriptive information about who has reached these positions and what their individual stories entail, but it also endeavors to answer whether having diversity at the highest level of corporations makes a difference and whether we can expect the trends to continue. All around a useful and important contribution to the literature on inequality and diversity."