What helps?: women engineers’ accounts of staying on

Fernando, D., Cohen, Laurie and Duberley, Joanne (2018) What helps?: women engineers’ accounts of staying on. Human Resource Management Journal, 28 (3). pp. 479-495. ISSN 1748-8583

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We have considerable understanding of the obstacles that women engineers encounter and the reasons that they leave the field, but we know less about what enables them to remain. Adopting an interpretivist approach, this article examines how a group of British women engineers in two FTSE 100 companies account for ‘staying on’ in their male dominated work settings. We delineate four specific forms of help that facilitate women’s retention in the field. We argue that exposure to help leads to women developing a habitus that enables them to continue working in engineering. To conclude we draw on our findings to outline HR practices that will facilitate supportive relationships in the workplace and pave the way towards developing more positive organisational climates.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12192. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: help, support, retention, women, engineering, career, habitus
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12192
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 10:43
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 04:30
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49757

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