Knowledge work: gender blind or gender biased?

Truss, Catherine, Conway, Edel, D'Amato, Alessia, Kelly, Gráinne, Monks, Kathy, Hannon, Enda and Flood, Patrick C (2012) Knowledge work: gender blind or gender biased? Work, Employment and Society, 26 (5). pp. 735-754. ISSN 0950-0170

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Abstract

Knowledge-intensive firms (KIFs) have been the subject of growing interest from researchers. However, investigations into the comparative experiences of men and women in KIFs remain sparse, and little is known about women’s participation in the processes of innovation and knowledge exchange and combination that are core features of KIFs. We report on the findings of a study in the UK and Ireland involving 498 male and female knowledge workers in KIFs. Despite equal levels of qualification and experience, women are more likely to be in lower status and more insecure jobs. They also predominantly occupy roles featuring less variety and autonomy than men and, despite comparable levels of knowledge exchange and combination, are less likely to be in a position to translate this into the innovative work behaviours necessary for career advancement. Our findings suggest that women’s experiences of and participation in knowledge processes within KIFs differ fundamentally from men’s.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: gender equality, knowledge work, knowledge-intensive firms, pharmaceutical industry, ICT industry.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Joy Blake
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 13:31
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2014 09:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47913
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