Discuss the findings of socially constructed biases and present the opportunity for an assessment to be used within organizations. This study evaluated the impact of self-reported agency on socially constructed biases in relation to promotional opportunities in the Class 8 truck manufacturing industry. The assessment was deployed in the summer of 2020 amid the COVID pandemic and subsequently limited the number of companies involved in the study.
Using a single company in the study allowed for a more in-depth analysis and, in turn, more targeted conclusions. The study utilized feminism as a framework to evaluate women’s oppression. Postmodern feminism was employed to explore power gender relations, and the theory of social constructionism guided the investigation of formed biases.
Lastly, the personal self’s theory illuminated the impact one’s perception of themselves may have on their desire to apply for promotional opportunities.
Natalie Martin Noah joined the Class 8 Truck Manufacturing Industry in 2014 as part of the International Graduate Program for Logistics and Manufacturing, completing a 12-month program of training in Brazil, China, Sweden, and France. Upon completing her graduate program, Natalie became an Industrial Investigation Leader within Group Trucks Operations, where she successfully managed industrial projects, performed analysis to drive manufacturing efficiency, and benchmarked order-to-delivery processes. Her next assignment was as the Connected Vehicle Business Development Manager, where she was the commercial owner of the telematics analytics platform for Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks. In her current role, Natalie manages critical processes and customer activities to most effectively support the company’s largest fleet customers and support long-term business growth. Throughout her career, her managers, mentors, and colleagues have inspired her to better understand the environment in which she works and how she can be a contributor to sustainable and organic change for women. Natalie attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education, an MBA with a concentration in International Business, and an MA in Higher Education. She recently completed her doctorate of education in May 2021.