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The organisational culture of NW engineering workplaces: The influence on women engineers

Sapleton, N, Takruri-Rizk, H, Dhar-Bhattacharjee, S and Bezer, R 2009, 'The organisational culture of NW engineering workplaces: The influence on women engineers' , The Organisational Culture of NW Engineering Workplaces: The Influence on Women Engineers .

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In England’s North West, engineering continues to be a major industry: employing 90,000 workers, accounting for around a quarter of jobs in the region, and generating £13 billion of the North West’s £44 billion total Gross Domestic Product. However, despite this growth and over 30 years of equality legislation, women in engineering careers in the region remain an insignificant statistical category. Whilst initiatives aimed at increasing female recruitment to the industry have had some, albeit limited effect, retention of female engineers is falling, suggesting that female encounters with organisational cultures in engineering firms may be less than encouraging. The WEWIN project team examined, analysed and contrasted the experiences of men and women working in engineering occupations in the North West, over a period of 12 months. Using participant observation, focus groups, questionnaires and in-depth interviews with engineers,technical directors and HR professionals, the research team explored the broad array of explanations for the persistence of occupational segregation in this industry; and importantly, attempted to ascertain those factors which aid the successful recruitment and retention of female engineers. Beyond palpable sex discrimination, the team identified a series of complex interactions between multifaceted phenomena - ranging from the long hours culture to the gender stereotyping of roles - which can all lead to an early exit from the engineering industry for many women. This paper presents the findings of the WEWIN research, outlines the barriers to effective female participation in the engineering industry, and, importantly, explores possible solutions to this enduring conundrum

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organisational Culture Women in Engineering Engineering Workplaces
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: The Organisational Culture of NW Engineering Workplaces: The Influence on Women Engineers
Refereed: Yes
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Funders: European Social Fund (ESF)
Depositing User: H Takruri-Rizk
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2013 13:04
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:58
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URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/28835

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