Contributions of Women Managers to the UK Construction Industry

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Women managers are highly under-represented in the UK construction industry, which is typically considered as male-dominated, despite the various initiatives taken by the government and other organisations to improve the status of women in construction. The vertical and horizontal segregations in the industry are clearly evident for the less number of women in top managerial level and in mainstream construction respectively. The industry has been facing many challenges, including skills, labour shortages and recruitment difficulties, for many years now. Therefore widening the recruitment pool with potential candidates, targeting at non-traditional entrants, has become a necessity. This further emphasises to give more consideration on equality and diversity issues. But in reality little has been changed when looking at the number of women entering, retaining and progressing in the construction. Number of research studies conducted has focused on what industry could do for women in order to attract more women. On the other hand, this research intends to explore what women managers can do to the industry. In doing so, it tries to find out the ways in which women managers, despite their vulnerability, contribute, using their power, authority and leadership styles, to make the industry more attractive to women and other disadvantaged groups. This paper presents the research findings on the contribution of women managers in the context of the UK construction industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Construction in a Changing World
EditorsDilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, Kaushal Keraminiyage, Les Ruddock, Udayangani Kulatunga, Chaminda Pathirage
PublisherUniversity of Salford
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978­1­907842­54­2 
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventCIB International Conference 2014: Construction in a Changing World - University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 May 201430 May 2014 (Link to Conference Information) (Link to Conference Book of Abstracts)


ConferenceCIB International Conference 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherIn order to deliver value, maintain competitiveness and address the needs of society, the construction industry will need to develop its capabilities for managing innovation and technical change. The 2014 CIB W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/81/83 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World brought together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines to deal with the major challenges that construction professionals will be confronted with in the coming years.
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