Gender equity in construction professions: a new institutionalist perspective

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The construction industry remains the most male dominated sector in Australia. Despite three decades of formal gender equity initiatives by government and business, there is little understanding of why there has been little change to the hierarchical and numerical underrepresentation of women. Using a 'new institutionalist' perspective, more specifically Lowndes and Wilson's (2003) concepts of robustness and revisability, the nature and intent of formal gender equity initiatives, policies and practices are analysed through a single case study of a multinational construction firm. Through...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Industry; Employment; Gender; Equity; Policy; Research

Keywords: Nontraditional occupation; Affirmative action; Discrimination; Employment pattern; Employment practice; Policy analysis; Policy implications; Case study; Organisation behaviour

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Reading, England: Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 2014

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Pages: pp. 1111-1119

Conference name: ARCOM Conference

Conference number: 33rd

Date: 2014

Place: Portsmouth, England

ISBN: 9780955239083

This research has also been published as 'Designing robust and revisable policies for gender equality: lessons from the Australian construction industry' in Journal of construction management and economics, vol. 33, nos. 5-6, 2015, pp. 375-389. The article may be purchased from the publisher at:

Resource type: Conference

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 127.1001

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