International collaboration for women in IT : how to avoid reinventing the wheel

Craig, Annemieke and Lang, Catherine 2010, International collaboration for women in IT : how to avoid reinventing the wheel, Issues in informing science and information technology, vol. 7, pp. 329-338.

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Title International collaboration for women in IT : how to avoid reinventing the wheel
Author(s) Craig, AnnemiekeORCID iD for Craig, Annemieke
Lang, Catherine
Journal name Issues in informing science and information technology
Volume number 7
Start page 329
End page 338
Total pages 10
Publisher Informing Science Institute
Place of publication Santa Rosa, Calif.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1547-5840
Summary This paper uses information contributed by ACM-W Ambassadors from nine countries to build a picture of women working to improve the gender balance in IT around the world. The focus on women’s participation in education, the workforce and the political arena is presented using Hofstede and Hofstede’s (2005) dimensions of cultural masculinity, power distribution and individuality for each of the ACM-W Ambassador countries to set the scene. It is apparent from this compilation of information that different social and cultural climates in many parts of the world will necessitate different actions by ACM-W Ambassadors in their respective countries. While the ACM-W Ambassador program provides a forum for ideas, support and strategies to deal with the under-representation of women in IT, many of the current Ambassadors have more pressing issues to deal with, and indeed a ‘one size for all’ model for programs to promote IT to women will not be suitable. Exploring the network from an Australian perspective this work demonstrates that much is to be gained from increasing international networks to share the strategies and support required to encourage more women into IT.
Language eng
Field of Research 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
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