9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN14 Gender Relations in the Labour Market and the Welfare State

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Gender and Science & Technology Careers I Building AA, Auditorio Afonso de Barros

Gendered Organisational Cultures for women engineers researcher in gendered societies in Europe

The issue of the paper is the European Commission Project PROMETEA "Empowering Women Engineers in Industrial and Academic Research" (website: www.prometa.info) (2005-2007). Aim is to give an overview about state of the art, hypotheses, methodology and results of work package four, dealing with effects of gendered organisational cultures on careers in engineering research.

Different research and theoretical fields will be presented for understanding gendered career of women engineers: Gender studies, gender in academia, critical men studies, studies on feminist technology, organisational studies and studies on gendered career and profession.

The question was in what ways and to what amount social structures and cultures of engineering research organisations are traditionally male oriented dominated by hegemonic masculinity and men´s networks. The qualitative methodological design included interviewing women engineers and doing focus discussion groups with men and women engineers separately.

Results focus first on genderedness of organisational cultures, analysed by gendered division of labour, gender stereotypes and gender awareness. Second, networks will be described from the perception of women and men engineers in research. Genderedness of networks are analysed by definition, functions, processes, activities and evaluation and women´s integration or exclusion in different engineering research organisations (industrial, academic and governmental). Characterisation and function of men´s networks will be presented in the perception of women and men engineers in research. They will be described and analysed in a comparative perspective of different cases (industrial, academic and governmental) as well as different partner countries. By this way norms and values of gendered organisational cultures will be characterized as they influence especially careers of women engineers.

As conclusion a dilemma of women engineers in research between reification and tabooing of gender differences is posted which reduces chances for changing genderedness of organisational cultures in engineering research.