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Women and Technology: Why the Gender Gap? An exploratory study into the perceived influencers of low Gender Diversity in the Technological Department of a Multi-National Technology Solutions company in Ireland

Dunne, Sibéal (2015) Women and Technology: Why the Gender Gap? An exploratory study into the perceived influencers of low Gender Diversity in the Technological Department of a Multi-National Technology Solutions company in Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This Dissertation explores the causality of the Gender Gap within the Irish offices of the technical department of Company X, a large technology solutions provider.

Diversity has been recognised as a key cornerstone of employing a workforce which enables increased competitiveness, innovation and financial performance (IBEC, 2014) however large technical companies are continually struggling to employ a gender diverse workforce within their technical departments (Peck, 2015).

Current literary works offer theoretical research around gender differences and diversity within the workforce however little real-life accounts from a technology perspective in Ireland was uncovered.

This exploratory research took a qualitative approach for which 6 interviews were conducted in total. Interviews were conducted with 6 professional women employed within the technical Global Support and Deployment (GSD) department of Company X based in Ireland and their perspectives were sought as to why this Gender Gap existed, what experiences they had with a Gender Gap in technology and what could influence a more gender diverse workforce within the Irish office of Company X’s GSD department.

The research uncovered that the belief behind this Gender Gap within the technological GSD department of Company X is as a result of young women not choosing technology as a field of study. This has resulted in few women with the competencies to fulfil the positions available. This choice is believed to be as a result of a lack of interest and misunderstanding about the field as a consequence of certain influences and encouragement in early childhood which will be explored in more detail throughout the Dissertation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Diversity
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > I.T. Industry
Divisions: School of Business > Masters of Science in Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 18:45
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 18:45
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2090

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