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Exploring the role of professional networks for women in the IT sector
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to investigate: what is the significance of professional networks for women within the IT industry. Previous research shows that there are barriers women in the field of IT face when entering and advancing in the industry. To investigate the potential connection between barriers and professional networks ten women were interviewed. Professional networks for women within the sector are examined through a qualitative lens. This study support previous research that showed that women in the IT industry face barriers. Moreover, this study highlights benefits of professional networks, representing that women receive and develop personal skills that can make them more successful at work. This study also provides criticism towards the networks and shows that there is room for improvements. The professional networks described by the respondents in this study seem to miss out on the opportunity to fundamentally discuss the barriers women face as professionals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 29 p.
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), 2016.22
Keyword [en]
Professional network, gender, social barriers, structural barriers
National Category
Information Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122640OAI: diva2:940072
External cooperation
IT consultancy firm
Educational program
Master's Programme in IT Management
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-20 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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