PULLMAN – Joseph Scott Gladstone is one of the few Native American faculty in America’s business schools.
And that’s a problem for corporate America.
Many businesses understand that diverse perspectives produce better ideas. But it’s difficult to get more Native American and Indigenous business people into that mix because they lack the mentorship and role modeling that Native American business faculty would provide, said Gladstone, an associate professor of management at Washington State University’s Carson College of Business, Everett Campus.
“There were studies in the 1990s asking why top business leadership isn’t diverse, and the research found that students of color tend to not go into those professions because the professors don’t look like them,” Gladstone said.
There are about 50 Native American faculty across all business disciplines in the United States, according to the Ph.D. Project, an initiative to recruit students of color into business doctoral programs.
Gladstone’s work to expand the pipeline of Native and Indigenous students includes outreach through the PhD Project, where he’s an alumnus and faculty advisor. He founded the Native and Indigenous People’s Caucus of the Academy of Management, the professional association for management and organization scholars.
He also is one of three editors of the Indigenous Business and Public Administration journal, along with Daniel Stewart of Gonzaga University and Deanna Kennedy of Western Washington University.
“There were studies in the 1990s asking why top business leadership isn’t diverse, and the research found that students of color tend to not go into those professions because the professors don’t look like them.” – Joseph Scott Gladstone, associate professor of management, Carson College of Business, WSU Everett
He explained that business theory, as it’s taught in the United States, tends to be Western-oriented and possibly not applicable to diverse cultures. In the Indigenous Business and Public