Graduate School of Business
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Melissa A. Connell
Women, Underrepresented Leadership, Business Education, Stereotyping
Choquette, Gloria I., "The Underrepresentation of Women in Senior Leadership Positions Within the Healthcare Industry" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3337.
In today’s business world the importance of bias, stereotyping, and prejudice, needs to be taken into account, as it leads to the underrepresentation of women in senior leadership positions. A crucial leadership gap exists in the current healthcare system as theories, cases, and models have influenced the strategies used in the healthcare industry. The purpose of this qualitative case study is to understand the causes behind the underrepresentation of women in senior leadership positions within the healthcare industry in Winter Haven, Florida when compared to population demographics resulting in the organizations inability to leverage their skill-sets. Through participants responses the discovered themes include (a) transformational leadership style, (b) gender-role stereotyping, (c) decision-making, and (d) education. These themes directly impact participants and their time within an organization.