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Asian Journal of Information and Communications 10(2)
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Asian Journal of Information and Communications

Masculinity in project-based information systems service organizations Gyeung-Min Kim and Namjae Cho

  • Page:70-84
  • 2019-05-02

In Korea, known as one of the internationally recognized ICT (Information and Communication Technology) powerhouses, female workers are largely underrepresented especially within IT-service companies. Workload pressure and disruption of work-family balance are considered as the major reason for such female underrepresentation. However how the IT industry’s project-based work practice in Korea influences the female under-representation has not been explored systematically in previous research. The objective of this study is to investigate (1) how the IT industry’s project-based work practice influences the working life of female professionals in Korea and (2) how IT industry creates opportunities and constraints that influence the career development of female professionals. The research questions are explored using narrative analysis of female managers from large companies that represent Korean information systems service industry.

Keywords: masculinity, IS service, IT industry, project-based organization

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