The continuing shortage of IT professionals is a global problem and is exacerbated by the lack of women, representing nearly half the potential workforce, who are attracted to the industry. This paper contributes to the growing body of literature by examining the perspectives and experiences of both male and female IT professionals in New Zealand. Using a narrative inquiry methodology the study examines the perceptions of men and women regarding the inability of the IT industry to attract more female graduates. Data analysis is carried out through the lens of Individual Differences Theory to identify key factors influencing the make-up of the IT sector in New Zealand. The study finds that while there is a positive view of women‟s role in IT, there remains a powerful influence from stereotyping of the sector and those who work in it.
Hart, Karen C. and Stockdale, Rosemary, "Exploring the Gender Divide: Perceptions of IT Professionals in New Zealand" (2009). CONF-IRM 2009 Proceedings. 26.