Study on women leadership in construction organizations

Nirooja Thurairajah, R. D.G. Amaratunga, R. Haigh

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Over the years as women increasingly enter managerial roles that traditionally have been occupied by men, the study on women leadership continues to attract attention. Within the research on women leadership, there is a substantial body of opinion which holds that modern organizations require a non coercive leadership style based on teamwork and building relationships. Further it states, that this is the very style of leadership naturally employed by women. However within the construction industry women are not only under-represented, but also their vertical distribution throughout the industry is highly skewed. This study examines the literature relating to leadership in construction and the leadership generally exhibited by women in organizations in order to analyse the suitability of women in leadership positions in construction organizations. This study has been based on theoretical and practical knowledge obtained through comprehensive literature review. The research will serve to raise the status and value of women in the management of construction organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARCOM 2007
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Annual ARCOM Conference
EditorsDavid Boyd
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780955239007
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20075 Sep 2007
Conference number: 23


Conference23rd Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Abbreviated titleARCOM 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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