RRBM Honor Roll

The RRBM Honor Roll publications have been selected as examples of research that is both rigorous and relevant. The listing below offers credible insights for society.

These publications have been selected for the RRBM Honor Roll by the Selection Board with the exception of 2019 articles selected by a pre-test review panel.


Nature of the publicationJournal article
Title of the publicationRace-Related Differences in Promotions and Support: Underlying Effects of Human and Social Capital
Journal name/Book publisherOrganization Science

Examined differences between Black and White managers concerning promotion rate and perceptions of social support. 127 managers in the financial services industry (mean age 33 yrs), including 44 African-Americans, completed surveys concerning the social capital areas of racial similarity and social tie strength, and the human capital areas of education and training. Results show that Black managers reported a slower rate of promotion and less psychosocial support than did White managers. Participation in company training significantly predicted reported promotion rates, but race remained a significant predictor. Race moderated the relationship between human capital and promotion rate and indicated discrimination against Blacks. Social capital did not predict promotion rate. Black managers reported having less social capital than whites. No differences were found between Blacks and Whites in their receipt of career-related support. It is concluded that organizations underutilize a subsection of their workforce by failing to promote Black employees into positions for which they are qualified.

Author #1Erika Hayes James
Affiliation Author #1Goizueta Business School, Emory University