A Multicultural Analysis of Factors Influencing Career Choice for Women in the Information Technology Workforce

A Multicultural Analysis of Factors Influencing Career Choice for Women in the Information Technology Workforce

Eileen M. Trauth (The Pennsylvania State University, USA), Jeria L. Quesenberry (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) and Haijan Huang (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.2008100101
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Abstract

This article presents an analysis of cultural factors influencing the career choices of women in the IT workforce. The authors employ individual differences theory of gender and IT as a theoretical lens to analyze a qualitative data set of interviews with 200 women in four different countries. The themes that emerged from this analysis speak to the influence of cultural attitudes about maternity, childcare, parental care, and working outside the home on a woman’s choice of an IT career. In addition, several additional socio-cultural factors serve to add further variations to gendered cultural influences. Further empirical support of emergent individual differences theories of gender and IT endeavors to theorize within-gender variation, with respect to issues related to gender and IT, as well as point to areas where educational and workplace interventions can be enacted.

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