Leadership: Succeeding in the IT Sector

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succeeding in the IT Sector.
The purpose of this project is to construct a gender comparison of women in senior management with a view to identifying why women appear to be more successful in reaching this level in some sectors more than others. In particular the author wants to analyse the IT sector where research (Feyerherm & Vick, 2005) suggests that women are more successful in reaching senior management positions. Why is this happening at the current time, particularly in the USA and not in the United Kingdom (Catalyst Report, 2013)? Traditionally the ‘glass ceiling’ (Bryant, 1984) has been cited as a major causes of this disparity, yet many women break this ‘ceiling’ and in so doing have opened up opportunities for other women to succeed. This is particularly apparent in the IT sector and this project will look at some of the factors that may explain the phenomenon. Wajcman (1998:2) points out, “the usually hidden processes and tensions of gender relations at work are likely to be more visible in high technology multi-nationals where women are breaking new ground”. However while this tension exists, it appears to be less of a hindrance in the IT arena compared to more traditional sectors where, embedded culture, a history of dominant male management and negative stereotyping dominate.
According to Catalyst report (2013) women currently hold 4.6% of Fortune 500 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) positions and 4.4 % of Fortune 1000 CEO positions. Of the 4.6 % figure referenced above most of these women in senior management roles work in the information technology industry.
This research project will evaluate the opportunities and challenges facing women in climbing the corporate ladder in an Irish/US context. F...

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