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Why are women underrepresented in engineering management?: the case of Asea Brown Boveri (ABB)
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the factors that influence the underrepresentation of women in managerial positions in engineering sector. The study is based on the fact that there are less female leaders both in management and in engineering.

Design/Methodology/Approach: The method used in order to accomplish this research is a qualitative approach. The primary data was collecting by semi-structured interviews with employees of the case company (ABB). The sample consists of ten employees, males and females, who hold different positions in the company.

Findings: The empirical findings and the analysis show the factors regarding the underrepresentation of women in managerial positions. The study indicates that glass ceiling, gender stereotyping, engineering culture and balancing professional and family life, are major obstacles in women‘s career today.

Limitations: I limited my study to only one engineering company therefore the results cannot be generalized for the whole engineering industry. Also, even though this study examines why women are underrepresented in engineering industry, I interviewed both male and female employees in order to illustrate both perspectives about the issue.

Contribution: This study confirms the existing theories regarding the affect of underrepresentation of women in engineering industry and highlights the facts that delay women‘s advancement. Engineering culture does not encourage mentoring towards women and women are seen as outsiders in networking activities. Thus, this study gives the opportunity to managers in engineering to consider the reality about females in the sector in order to improve the current situation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 74 p.
Keyword [en]
glass ceiling, gender stereotyping, networking, women in engineering, family
National Category
Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23373OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-23373DiVA: diva2:1068578
Subject / course
Business administration
Educational program
Business administration – master’s programme (one year)
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Available from: 2017-03-09 Created: 2017-01-30 Last updated: 2017-03-09Bibliographically approved

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