Paths and Barriers to Positions of Leadership in Software Development - A study through the female ‘lens

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik

Author: Madisen Iman Whitfield; [2020-12-03]

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Abstract: Studies inthefieldsofBusiness,ManagementandSoftwareEngineeringhaveshownthatwomenmakeupanimportant demographicofthework-forceandarecontributingmembers totheirworkenvironments,howeverthereisstillasignificant gender-gapinmanyfieldsincludingsoftwareengi-neering.Thegendergapinpositionsoftechnicalleadershipin softwaredevelopmentisevenlargerdespitethecomparableperformancebetweenmen-andwomen-ledstart-ups.Thisstudyaims toinvestigatethecauseofthelackoffemalerepresentationin technicalleadershippositionsinsoftwaredevelopmentbyexamining thepathsfemaletechnicalleadershavetaken,thebarriers orobstaclestheyhavefacedandthewaysinwhichtheyhavemitigatedthosebarriersorobstacles.

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