Sustaining and advancing IT careers: Women’s experiences in a UK-based IT company

Sustaining and advancing IT careers: Women’s experiences in a UK-based IT company This article contributes to a growing literature on women in IT occupations. Against a national and international context of women’s longstanding and continued under-representation in senior professional roles in IT, our study at organizational level tells the story of women’s career experiences in a specific UK-based IT company in relation to its culture, processes and practices. Utilising a concept from the gender literature – Acker’s (2006) ‘inequality regimes’ – the study bridges the gap between the gender and IS literature and feminist theorising in order to shed light on the lack of gender diversity in IT. The article specifically shows how components of organizational inequality regimes, namely, ‘organizing processes’, ‘legitimacy’ and ‘visibility’ of inequalities combine and interact to produce and maintain gender inequality in the IT workplace. The implications of this in the sector more generally are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Strategic Information Systems Elsevier

Sustaining and advancing IT careers: Women’s experiences in a UK-based IT company

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
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0963-8687
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10.1016/j.jsis.2018.01.001
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Abstract

This article contributes to a growing literature on women in IT occupations. Against a national and international context of women’s longstanding and continued under-representation in senior professional roles in IT, our study at organizational level tells the story of women’s career experiences in a specific UK-based IT company in relation to its culture, processes and practices. Utilising a concept from the gender literature – Acker’s (2006) ‘inequality regimes’ – the study bridges the gap between the gender and IS literature and feminist theorising in order to shed light on the lack of gender diversity in IT. The article specifically shows how components of organizational inequality regimes, namely, ‘organizing processes’, ‘legitimacy’ and ‘visibility’ of inequalities combine and interact to produce and maintain gender inequality in the IT workplace. The implications of this in the sector more generally are discussed.

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The Journal of Strategic Information SystemsElsevier

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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