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Contributions of women managers to UK construction industry

Thayaparan, M, Amaratunga, RDG and Haigh, RP 2014, 'Contributions of women managers to UK construction industry' , in: Proceedings of the International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, in Kandalana, Sri Lanka , University of Salford.

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Women managers are highly under-represented in the UK construction industry, which is typically considered as male-dominated, despite the various initiatives taken by the government and other organisations to improve the status of women in construction. The vertical and horizontal segregations in the industry are clearly evident for the less number of women in top managerial level and in mainstream construction respectively. The industry has been facing many challenges, including skills, labour shortages and recruitment difficulties, for many years now. Therefore widening the recruitment pool with potential candidates, targeting at non-traditional entrants, has become a necessity. This further emphasises to give more consideration on equality and diversity issues. But in reality little has been changed when looking at the number of women entering, retaining and progressing in the construction. Number of research studies conducted has focused on what industry could do for women in order to attract more women. On the other hand, this research intends to explore what women managers can do to the industry. In doing so, it tries to find out the ways in which women managers, despite their vulnerability, contribute, using their power, authority and leadership styles, to make the industry more attractive to women and other disadvantaged groups. This paper presents the research findings on the contribution of women managers in the context of the UK construction industry.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Amaratunga, DS, Haigh, RP, Ruddock, L, Keraminiyage, KP, Kulatunga, U and Pathirage, C
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, in Kandalana, Sri Lanka
Publisher: University of Salford
ISBN: 9781907842542
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Menaha Thayaparan
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 13:49
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 13:49

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