An Examination of Ethnic and Policy Issues in Grooming Preferences and Ethnic Hairstyles of African American Women in Corporate America

By Angela Renee Payne.

Published by Organizational Cultures: An International Journal

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For a century, college-trained, professional racial minorities, specifically African American women with a preference in grooming methods, have contributed to the labor market; however, in the new millennium, they are often discriminated against, scoffed at, isolated, and demoralized based on ethnic hairstyles. Research studies have distinguished a depth of research on this and conversely there are limited studies on racial minorities, in particular among grooming preferences in ethnic hairstyles. Studies have shown that in progressive companies, racial minorities and African American women who wear ethnic hairstyles had their employment terminated with prejudice. With regard to these case studies and findings, one could argue that in this nation there is freedom of speech and inequality in expression. For this reason, this research is very necessary to discover variables in ethnic and policy issues in grooming preferences with regard to the ethnic hairstyles of African American women as it relates to employers, whereas cohesive practices in diversity and policies address imposing constructs in the labor market. This research will not address every ethnical concern in the labor market; yet, it responds to a call in the literature to define managerial deficiencies against racial minorities, in particular, African American women in grooming preferences.

Keywords: African American Women, Hair Grooming, Corporate America, Ethnic Policy

Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp.19-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 357.917KB).

Dr. Angela Renee Payne

Argosy University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dr. Payne is deeply committed to and passionate about organization management, development, and research. Payne is a military veteran who served in the US Marine Corp; Communication and Information Technology are her disciplines. She has an Executive MBA from Ashland University, and in 2011 she earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Argosy University with a concentration in Management. Payne has extensive divisional and corporate level management experience in multi-site, professional, service-oriented environments and has demonstrated skills in leadership, compensation, employee relations, and problem solving, with commitment to professional practical management applications to achieve growth and profitability for organizations. Dr. Payne served as principal advisor to the Organizational Board of Workforce Development, Workforce Center Operations, and Contractors for the Southern Ohio Region. There, she was instrumental in developing advisory boards and unique academic programs that relied on the impact of emerging technologies, and she served on the Computer and Instructional Technology Committee with collaboratively written grant proposals to fund computer-aided classrooms and laboratories and served as a technical instructor.