Women engineers’ advancement to management and leadership roles: enabling resources and implications for higher education

Melissa Marinelli, Sally Male, Linley Lord

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Abstract

Little is known about women engineers' career advancement, the factors that support their progression, or the role that formal education plays in women engineers' career advancement. Phenomenological analysis of interviews with women engineers in Australia revealed individual, relational and structural influences acting concurrently and interactively that determine, facilitate and constrain their transitions to manager and leader. Building knowledge and skill occurred through combinations of on-the-job learning, and professional development, including formal education. These approaches provided valuable individual and relational resources for women, enabling them to navigate structural obstacles. However, formal education beyond the undergraduate degree was not the primary approach taken by women engineers to support career advancement. Implications for engineering education are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021
EditorsThomas Klinger, Christian Kollmitzer, Andreas Pester
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages463-467
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728184784
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2021
Event2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 21 Apr 202123 Apr 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
Volume2021-April
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityVienna
Period21/04/2123/04/21

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