"All of my bosses have been men" : on gender structures in the real-estate industry

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title "All of my bosses have been men" : on gender structures in the real-estate industry
Author(s) Staffansson Pauli, Karin
Date 2013
English abstract
Abstract Purpose – The paper aims to create an understanding of the gender structure in the real estate industry in Sweden. Therefore, interviews were made with younger female and male graduates. The purpose is to distinguish how these younger graduates working in the industry react to the gender structure. Design/methodology/approach –Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twelve graduate younger women and men working in the real estate industry in Sweden. As an input to the interviews a mapping of the gender structure was conducted, using annual reports of commercial real estate companies and public housing companies in Sweden, Findings – The paper provides empirical insights that there were not any greater differences in the gender structure between 2001 and 2008 and none of the respondents were surprised. The symbols of men and the hegemonic masculinity—men more often holding leading and technical positions while women more often hold supporting positions in the industry—are important to understand the gender structure. In the industry the hegemonic engineering masculinity is also apparent. Practical implications – The paper includes implication for the development of the gender structure, awareness is the first step, in order to retain talented women and men. Originality/value - This paper fulfils an identified need to study the gender structure of the real estate industry. Limitation- The limitation of this study might be the time period of the mapping; a longer time period might have shown a change in the structure and the amount of young female and male graduates interviewed. Keywords- Gender, Real estate, organization Paper type-Research paper
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/PM-11-2012-0044 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Emerald
Host/Issue Property Management;5
Volume 31
ISSN 0263-7472
Pages 420 - 434
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) gender
real estate
property management
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16334 (link to this page)

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