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Re-Examining the Career Anchor Model: An Investigation of Career Values and Motivations among Women in the Information Technology Profession

Re-Examining the Career Anchor Model: An Investigation of Career Values and Motivations among Women in the Information Technology Profession
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Author(s): Jeria L. Quesenberry (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 15
Source title: Globalization, Technology Diffusion and Gender Disparity: Social Impacts of ICTs
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Rekha Pande (University of Hyderabad, India) and Theo van der Weide (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0020-1.ch015

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Abstract

Despite the shortage of information technology (IT) professionals in the global economy, women are largely underrepresented in the IT workforce. Prior research on gender stratification demonstrates that this underrepresentation is a reflection of organizational and social structures. As a result, it is necessary to understand the characteristics of the IT workforce, and in particular, the opportunities and constraints that influence career choice of IT professionals. For these reasons, the purpose of this chapter is to examine the career anchors of women in the American IT workforce. The data for this examination comes from a quantitative survey conducted with 210 women. The findings make a theoretical contribution to the career anchor research of women in the IT workforce.

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