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The silicon ceiling : women managers and leaders in ICT in Australia

Craig, Annemieke, Coldwell, Jo, Fisher, Julie and Lang, Catherine 2013, The silicon ceiling : women managers and leaders in ICT in Australia. In Paludi, Michele A. (ed), Women and management : global issues and promising solutions, Praeger, Santa Barbara, Calif., pp.177-200.

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Title The silicon ceiling : women managers and leaders in ICT in Australia
Author(s) Craig, AnnemiekeORCID iD for Craig, Annemieke orcid.org/0000-0003-4295-7428
Coldwell, JoORCID iD for Coldwell, Jo orcid.org/0000-0002-3602-8334
Fisher, Julie
Lang, Catherine
Title of book Women and management : global issues and promising solutions
Editor(s) Paludi, Michele A.
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 8
Total chapters 8
Start page 177
End page 200
Total pages 24
Publisher Praeger
Place of Publication Santa Barbara, Calif.
Summary When I was in high school, it was always talked up that women could do science, engineering and technical [work] too. While we are just as capable as men, when we get into these industries, we face other challenges. There have been brave women who have done their bit to overcome these challenges, but it also requires brave men to challenge the attitudes of these industries to women participating in their workplaces. (APESMA, 2010) Silicon: Elemental silicon has a large impact on the modern world economy ... Because of wide use of silicon in integrated circuits, the basis of most computers, a great deal of modern technology depends on it. (Wikipedia, 2011) The chapter begins with a historical and current analysis of female participation in the workforce, in education and in leadership. The second section focuses on the information and communication technology (ICT) workforce in particular. The third section presents findings from a recent case study that gathered both quantitative and qualitative data from a diverse group of professional women in ICT. The case study provides a view into the ICT profession from the female perspective and identifies a selection of factors that would make a significant difference to female participation and longevity in the profession. The conclusion reached after this investigation is that the silicon ceiling is certainly not visible, yet remains fixed due to nonessential job characteristics that persist in the industry. The future looks bleak unless more female managers and male champions ensure that these nonessential employment characteristics are removed from ICT positions.
ISBN 0313399417
9780313399411
Language eng
Field of Research 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940501 Employment Patterns and Change
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051774

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