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An investigation of the role of women in the South African construction industry

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. W.O. Thwala en_US
dc.contributor.author Moodley, Megeshen Seenivasan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-12T15:59:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-12T15:59:29Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-12
dc.date.submitted 2012-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/8170
dc.description M.Tech. en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose: This study looked at the challenges and gender-based issues which women in construction face in South Africa and abroad compared to their male counterparts in order to establish why fewer women are attracted to the industry as compared to men and why women in construction have a lower success rate. Methodology: A literature review on the topic was completed and close-ended and open-ended questions were posed in the questionnaire, which was completed by contractors and consultants nationwide and subsequently analyzed. Problem investigated: Women have not emerged as significant players in the industry both in terms of size and volume of contracts, as well as breaking down the 'glass ceiling' which is still faced by many women today, especially consultants. Findings: Construction has always been a male dominated industry. Therefore, women continue to feel restricted and not well received by their male counterparts. Women still confirm that they have to constantly prove their worth to their male counterparts in order to be accepted and add value to the organization. Research limitations: The study focused on women in the construction industry as a whole and did not look at women specifically within the various built environment disciplines. Further research is also required to investigate and look into female students' experiences whilst studying and after graduation. Value: The study highlights the challenges and gender-based issues that exist with women in construction today, and suggests what should be done to attract and retain more women in the sector. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Construction industry - Employees en_US
dc.subject Women in construction industry en_US
dc.title An investigation of the role of women in the South African construction industry en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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