African American Management History: Insights on Gaining a Cooperative Advantage

Leon C. Prieto
Clayton State University, USA

Simone T. A. Phipps
Middle Georgia State University, USA

Product Details
11 Jun 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
184 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Points
The most successful business leaders always have their own compelling philosophies, but all too often the thoughts and ideologies of high-profile African American leaders are forgotten or passed over. The ideas and practices of these visionary leaders, sometimes heralded within their own communities, are often ignored by mainstream media and, over time, many of their contributions are forgotten.  
Leadership experts Leon C. Prieto and Simone T.A. Phipps re-light these extinguished torches reflecting on some of the leading black business pioneers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Exploring views that embrace the traditional African philosophies of cooperation, this study of such influential figures brings to light how heavily the "golden age of black business" was impacted by the "cooperative advantage" possessed by leaders such as Charles Clinton Spaulding, John Merrick, Alonzo Herndon, Annie Turnbo-Malone, Madam C.J Walker, and Maggie Walker. Ultimately, what Prieto and Phipps bring to light is the common thread that pulls these leaders together--namely, the love they had for their communities--and what they show is that contemporary entrepreneurs of African descent would do well to regain a cooperative advantage in order to achieve the levels of success that existed in the past.  
For its recovery of important strands within African American history, and for the practical advice it gleans from those strands, this refreshing study is a must-read for business students, managers, entrepreneurs and leaders of all backgrounds. The history here brought to light demonstrates to students that they too can succeed at managing any enterprise, no matter the challenges they may face.
An Introduction to African American Management Thought  
1. The Case for African American Management History  
2. The Servant Leadership of John Merrick & Alonzo Herndon 
3. Charles Clinton Spaulding - The Father of African American Management  
4. The Eight Fundamental Necessities of Management 
5. The Four Cardinal Points of Entrepreneurship 
6. The Beauty of Entrepreneurship: A Tribute to Two Pioneering Social Entrepreneurs 
7. Maggie Lena Walker: An Embodiment of Transformational Leadership 
Concluding Thoughts: Gaining a Cooperative Advantage
Leon C. Prieto is an Associate Professor of Management in Clayton State University's College of Business. He earned his BS in Business Administration from Claflin University, his MBA from Georgia Southern University and his Ph.D. in Human Resource & Leadership Development from Louisiana State University. 
Simone T. A. Phipps is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at Middle Georgia State University. Dr. Phipps earned her BS in Management Information Science from Claflin University, her MBA from Ohio University and her Ph.D. in Human Resource and Leadership Development from Louisiana State University.

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