Career persistence and advancement of women in IT: a company level analysis

Professor Gill Kirton, Professor of Employment Relations School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London

16th Feb 2017 12:30pm Room 5050 Level 5, Abercrombie Building H70, The University of Sydney

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Abstract: The presentation will discuss findings from a case study of the UK operation of a multi-national IT company. It will examine the dynamic interplay of the social and structural factors that mitigate career advancement of professional women. Drawing on a theoretical model proposed by Ahuja (2002), the presentation will highlight the difficulties for women with children persisting, let alone advancing, in their IT careers. The case study provides some explanatory power as to why women continue to be significantly under-represented in senior positions in IT, and why this situation has largely remained unaltered across the IT sector in many advanced industrialised economies over the last 20 years.

Biography: Gill Kirton is Professor of Employment Relations in the Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London. Her research interests lie in the area of gender, equality and diversity in employment, careers and the workplace. Recent research has investigated gender and diversity in the IT industry; gender and union effects of public sector restructuring and outsourcing; stakeholder perspectives on the development and implementation of diversity management in UK organizations; women's participation in unions and union gender democracy. Gill’s work is published in journals such as British Journal of Industrial Relations, Gender, Work and Organization, Human Resource Management Journal, Human Relations, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Work, Employment and Society. Gill is an Associate Editor for three refereed journals: Human Resource Management Journal; Gender, Work and Organization; and, Equality; Diversity and Inclusion.