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Systemic gender barriers in building and construction industry: co-preneurs as managers


Alessandrini, MJ and Winter, RE, Systemic gender barriers in building and construction industry: co-preneurs as managers, Gender Economics Global Conference, 10-11 June, Sydney, pp. 1-14. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


Co-preneurs’ (Lewis & Massey, 2011) are defined as women who are in business partnerships (either formal or informal) with a spouse or life partner. These women working as administrators and managers in smaller firms in the building industry frequently experience isolation, poor access to career development and low levels of self-esteem. This is detrimental to their wellbeing and productivity and the productivity of the industry overall. This phenomenon is likely to be present in other industries and industrialised societies with similar family structures. This research project investigated why the ‘glass ceiling’ preventing women from reaching senior levels in employment has been resistant to attempts to remove it in this context.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Gender studies
Research Field:Gender relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Alessandrini, MJ (Dr Megan Alessandrini)
UTAS Author:Winter, RE (Dr Romy Winter)
ID Code:95015
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-09-23
Last Modified:2014-09-23

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