Managing New Zealand Women in IT

Managing New Zealand Women in IT

Keri A. Logan (Massey University, New Zealand) and Barbara Crump (Massey University, New Zealand)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-917-5.ch001
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Abstract

This chapter discusses workplace attitudes and policies that continue to affect women’s participation, retention, and promotion in the information technology (IT) workforce. It draws on data collected from two qualitative studies of New Zealand women working in the industry. The findings reveal that there are some distinct differences in the way in which males and females operate in the workplace, and that women’s values and different work practices are often not taken into account by management. Managers of IT professionals who recognise the subtleties of the gendered culture of the IT work environment and who develop and implement equitable policies and strategies will be rewarded by a creative, innovative, and productive workforce.

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