Women's progression to leadership: A project-based organisational perspective

Baker, Marzena K. (2016) Women's progression to leadership: A project-based organisational perspective. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This is a qualitative study of female underrepresentation in leadership roles in project-based organisations in Australia, specifically the construction and property development industries. Using a gender lens, the underlying structural and cultural barriers to women's advancement to leadership in those organisations was studied and, in particular, what challenges they face in their career advancement and what attempts they make to resolve those challenges. The findings show that the unique characteristics of project-based organisations, with their perpetual masculine work practices, embedded masculine logic, gender-based bias and masculine organisational culture, all maintain the pattern of underrepresentation of women.

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ID Code: 91852
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: French, Erica & Hatcher, Caroline
Keywords: Gender bias, Structural and cultural career barriers, Career strategies, Project management, Project based organisations, Female underrepresentation in leadership, Australian construction industry, Australian property development industry, Unconscious bias, Gender stereotypes
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2016 00:24
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 00:24

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