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Superior-Subordinate Dialogue Among African American, Caucasian American, and Latino/a American Subordinates: Benefits of Being Buddies with the Boss
Unformatted Document Text:  2 Abstract This study presented one of the salient themes which emerged from the lived experiences of the women and men during their reflections, as subordinates, on their dialogue with their supervisors. The findings indicated that the subordinates in this study categorized their relationships with their supervisors as friendships, non- friendships/professionals, or family. Subordinates who reported being friends with their bosses, most often Caucasian Americans, seemed also to indicate having more rewarding superior-subordinate interactions. These relationships with their bosses opened other doors for them in there respective companies. Subordinates seeking or being afforded only non-friend/professional relationships with their bosses seemed to enjoy fewer professional favors or privileges than their counterparts. African American women, more so than other groups, tended to reveal having only professional relationships with their supervisors. Additionally, Latino/a American subordinates often had friendships with their bosses but many maintained that the likelihood or the quality of these friendships varied across races. The subordinates in this study who reported to family members were Caucasian American, and they appeared to have more genuine and personal dialogue with their supervisors than other groups.

Authors: Gates, Denise.
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Abstract
This study presented one of the salient themes which emerged from the lived
experiences of the women and men during their reflections, as subordinates, on their
dialogue with their supervisors. The findings indicated that the subordinates in this study
categorized their relationships with their supervisors as friendships, non-
friendships/professionals, or family. Subordinates who reported being friends with their
bosses, most often Caucasian Americans, seemed also to indicate having more rewarding
superior-subordinate interactions. These relationships with their bosses opened other
doors for them in there respective companies. Subordinates seeking or being afforded
only non-friend/professional relationships with their bosses seemed to enjoy fewer
professional favors or privileges than their counterparts. African American women, more
so than other groups, tended to reveal having only professional relationships with their
supervisors. Additionally, Latino/a American subordinates often had friendships with
their bosses but many maintained that the likelihood or the quality of these friendships
varied across races. The subordinates in this study who reported to family members were
Caucasian American, and they appeared to have more genuine and personal dialogue
with their supervisors than other groups.


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