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A Model to Explore IT Career Barriers for Girls/Women

A Model to Explore IT Career Barriers for Girls/Women
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Author(s): Donna M. Grant (DePaul University, USA) and Linda V. Knight (DePaul University, USA)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 2
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch322
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Previous researchers have cited a number of plausible explanations for the under-representation of women in the Information Technology (IT) field. However, there has not been a comprehensive study of the barriers women face in this field, and the studies that we have provide overlapping and occasionally contradictory results. Past researchers have concentrated on subsets rather than examining the complete breadth of barriers to the recruitment, development, retention and advancement of women to the IT industry. Since women encounter barriers at various phases of the computer pipeline, a model was created to incorporate the multiple stages of their IT Career Lifecycle. This research analyzes, combines, and categorizes the work of previous researchers to develop a single concise model for exploring the career barriers for girls/women considering entering the Information Technology field.

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