Discovering the potential of gender diversity

Track Description

Gender diversity affects all aspects of information systems, from consumers and users of technology, to those working in the service economy. With a continuing lack of diversity in those undertaking university degrees with a technical focus, and a subsequent lack of diversity in the IS/IT workforce, there is potential to reconceptualise gender diversity to look for opportunities to have a more inclusive workforce.

The recent trend in discussing gender diversity in the IS literature has been to take a critical, and often, feminist, approach to the lack of female participation, moving away from the “gender as a variable” research approach. While this new trend provides novel insights into the phenomena, more research is needed to look at the fresh opportunities these alternative perspectives provide.

The statistics on the lack of gender diversity are well known, and there appears to be a general consensus that organisations and governments need to work together to move the topic of gender and IT from the periphery of the IS field to the core. The IS field has some useful theories to understand gender diversity but the field lacks reports of quality empirical research that turns theory into practice.

Some research questions that could be addressed: should diversity research be widened to include other minority or disadvantaged groups or is there still a need to specifically focus on women's issues in computing? Are there new approaches and theories that would help to better understand gender diversity? How are the gender theories being applied in action?

Relevant Topics

The topics of the mini-track are related but not limited to:

  • Case studies and empirical evaluations on gender diversity
  • Comprehensive literature reviews on gender diversity
  • Identification of key success factors and critical enablers for the discovery of potentials of gender diversity
  • Description of research agendas for promoting the use of gender diversity
  • Theoretical reflections on gender diversity
  • Evaluation and/or adoption of gender-reIated theories
  • Investigations on the role of interventions to support the discovery of potentials in gender diversity
  • Comparative studies on gender diversity

Track Chairs and Contact Details

Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen, Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems, Griffith University (jenine@griffith.edu.au)

Dr. Armin Stein, European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS), University of Münster (armin.stein@ercis.uni-muenster.de)

See also…

School of Business IT and Logistics
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