Paula Scott was examining the notes she had taken on three applicants for a management position. Paula was a manager herself and had worked her way up from a clerical job. She was the only female manager in a staff of seven and was acutely aware of her gender in her corporate position. Paula was highly respected by her peers, and her boss often praised the quality of her work. She took pride in her work, and she had the satisfaction of knowing she had made it on the basis of competence. Yet, she felt that being a woman had been a handicap to her over the years. She really thought she would have been promoted to her current position sooner if she had been a man. It was tough to break into an all-male management staff, and she questioned whether some of her male colleagues would have endured the same frustrations she had accepted. Paula demanded and got high performance from her staff. Her subordinates regarded her as a nononsense type of manager, someone who set high standards for them as well as herself. They admired her tenacity and perseverance in the company. Many felt she was the most talented manager on the staff. Paula perused her notes. The management staff had interviewed each applicant, and at 3:00 they would meet to make their selection. The person chosen would become the eighth manager on the staff. Two of the candidates were male, the third female. The applicant selected must step in and assume a great deal of responsibility quickly. Paula knew if a bad choice were made, it would only mean more work for her and the other managers. A lot was riding on the decision and nobody wanted to blow it. On the basis of the interview and past work experience, Roger Morgan appeared to be the most qualified. Paula was sure the other managers would support him. A close but definite second was Claire Hart. Hart came across very well in the interview, but her academic training wasn't in business even though she had several years of business experience. Finally, Kevin Joyce seemed a distant third. His background training and experience weren't as strong, and his interview performance didn't help his case either. Paula was torn between Morgan and Hart. Morgan appeared to be the stronger candidate, but his career had been handed to him. He was a business major from an excellent university and had six years of experience in his uncle's company. Hart got her degree in sociology, but she worked her way up to a responsible position after five years with the same company. Paula figured Hart got few breaks along the way, and whatever she got, she undoubtedly earned. Paula saw some of herself in Claire Hart. She would like to have another female manager on the staff since she was tired of the being the company token. If the company was going to be more responsive to the talents of women, the candidacy of Claire Hart would be a good test case. Paul believed she and Claire would be two role models for other women in the company. Yet, Roger Morgan was also truly qualified. It shouldn't be held against him that he went to work for a relative. He came very highly recommended, and nothing about his credentials or personal conduct was objectionable. If Paula plugged Hart too strongly, she feared she would lose some of her reputation for being objective and performance-oriented. She could ill afford to lose her credibility by backing Hart primarily because she was a woman. If Hart had been a man, her choice of Morgan would be fairly clear-cut. Yet if she didn't take a stand on Hart, she saw little chance for change. Paula thought maybe she should support Morgan and secretly hoped he wouldn't take the position. Surely they would then offer it to Hart. No, she concluded, that's too much of a gamble. If she wanted Hart to join the company, and she knew she did, she would have to support her outright from the start. 1. You are Paula. Make a decision and justify it with logical arguments.