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Women’s leadership and gendered experiences in tech cities.

Hardey, Mariann (2019) 'Women’s leadership and gendered experiences in tech cities.', Gender in management: an international journal., 34 (3). pp. 188-199.


The purpose of this paper is to examine the findings from longitudinal study conducted with women leaders in tech cities to understand the cultural and discursive burden affecting their professional experiences and the dominant cultural boundaries they regularly have to cross in order to legitimse their knowledge and expertise. The paper draws on research from the Gender in Tech City project that included serial interviews with fifty senior women leaders over three years at three different tech city sites. The paper illustrates the differing spatialities that women continue to face within tech culture and how terms such as ‘women in tech’ are problematic. This study adds to the conceptualisation of tech culture and gendered constructions within a spatial context; there is a need to strengthen this path of investigation beyond gender as a lone issue. The study contributes to the literature on spatial context, examining a new micro-context within tech culture that amplifies hidden biases and restricts the movement of women professionals.

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Date accepted:13 February 2019
Date deposited:19 February 2019
Date of first online publication:07 May 2019
Date first made open access:07 May 2019

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