Motives and strategies of women pursuing careers in IT and HR managerial positions
6/2023 31 (2) Central European Management Journal
Purpose – Despite more than 50 years of research into gender and work, the impact of women occupying managerial positions persists to be under-represented in mainstream human resource management (HRM) literature. The purpose of this article is to identify and explore the perceptions of women who decided to choose their career path either in IT or HR positions to explore their motivation, career strategies and success factors.
Design/methodology/approach – Twenty semi-structured interviews were conducted with women occupying either IT or HR managerial positions. The study included two datasets: (1) women representing managerial positions in IT and (2) women representing managerial positions in HR.
Findings – Women holding HR managerial positions took action to achieve the intended position in their dream industry since their studies. On the contrary, the choice of the IT industry was one undertaken by candidates with no previous IT experience. Because the IT sector is dominated by men, women in these positions still had to prove their competences.
Research limitations/implications – The research showed that women cannot be ignored in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry, and they prove a valuable resource for managerial positions in IT or HR departments in many sectors.
Originality/value – The research underpinned a new boundaryless career model for both HR and IT positions.
Sołek-Borowska, Celina & Tabor-Błażewicz, Joanna (2023). Motives and strategies of women pursuing careers in IT and HR managerial positions. (2023). Motives and strategies of women pursuing careers in IT and HR managerial positions. Central European Management Journal, 31(2), 241-257. https://doi.org/10.1108/CEMJ-12-2021-0158 (Original work published 6/2023AD)
Sołek-Borowska, Celina and Tabor-Błażewicz, Joanna. “Motives And Strategies Of Women Pursuing Careers In It And Hr Managerial Positions”. 6/2023AD. Central European Management Journal, vol. 31, no. 2, 2023, pp. 241-257.
Sołek-Borowska, Celina and Tabor-Błażewicz, Joanna. “Motives And Strategies Of Women Pursuing Careers In It And Hr Managerial Positions”. Central European Management Journal, Central European Management Journal, 31, no. 2 (2023): 241-257. doi:10.1108/CEMJ-12-2021-0158.