Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Public Administration and Urban Policy
The intent of this dissertation is to examine the state of representation and segregation among African American women across the workforce at the United States Department of Commerce. This study employs a triangulated research design to examine the relationship between elements of strategic planning and the employment patterns of African American women. This study's qualitative analysis includes a content analysis of 13 agency-specific strategic documents published between FY 1994 through FY 2010. This data is supplemented with a longitudinal trend analysis of personnel data for fulltime, permanent employees retrieved from the National Finance Center for the same time period. The theory of Black feminist thought serves as the theoretical framework. Black feminist thought seeks to examine how the intersection of race and gender contributes to systematic inequities against African American women. The purpose of this study is to determine if the agency made a stated goal to sustain a representative workforce, and if so, if it was fulfilled through direct, concerted action. This research contributes to the field of public administration by empirically investigating the role of strategic planning in driving workforce diversity, particularly among minority women in the federal government.
Moon, Sesha J..
"The State of Representation and Segregation Among African American Women at the U.S. Department of Commerce: An Examination of the Intersection of Strategic Planning With Race and Gender"
(2013). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), dissertation, , Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/wkkh-1j83