Complexity of women's modern-day challenges in construction

Aboagye-Nimo, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-7651-744X, Wood, H. and Collison, J., 2019. Complexity of women's modern-day challenges in construction. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. ISSN 0969-9988

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Abstract

Purpose: Although the UK construction sector has enjoyed a significant rise in the number of women, there is undoubtedly more room for improvement. Numerous schemes have been initiated by government and other professional bodies to encourage more women to join the industry. This paper sheds light on the organizational complexities of problems faced by women working in professional roles in construction. It thus initiates a dialogue on the lack of workplace flexibility and discriminatory practices that prevent many more women from joining.

Design/methodology/approach: An interpretivist philosophy is adopted. The research critically explores the views of women working professional roles in six large construction firms in the UK.

Findings: It was widely acknowledged that the industry had improved significantly, however there are still concerns yet to be addressed. It was identified that many women struggle to re-enter the industry after embarking on maternity leave. Furthermore, it is believed that some workplace progressions were only due to senior managers’ attempt to demonstrate a level of inclusivity rather than due to merit.

Research limitations/implications: Sample size and narrow focus on large construction firms.

Practical implications: Through academic and industry dissemination, the findings from this research encourage both men and women working in the construction industry to adopt inclusive practices that will help widen the pool of knowledge and expertise.

Social implications: This paper sheds light on a problem that has prevented women from joining the industry many years.

Originality/value: This presents an in-depth critical perspective of challenges faced by women construction professionals.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Creators: Aboagye-Nimo, E., Wood, H. and Collison, J.
Date: 22 May 2019
ISSN: 0969-9988
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1108/ecam-09-2018-0421DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 26 Jul 2019 15:07
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2019 15:07
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37148

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