Gender, Culture and Innovation in Knowledge-Intensive Industries

Saturday, July 19, 2014: 10:30 AM-12:20 PM
Room: 302
RC32 Women in Society (host committee)

Language: English

The significance of knowledge-intensive industries (such as medical research, transnational education, biotechnology) to primary production, health and industry, as well as national and global economic outputs, has been well documented (OECD, 2012; Roy & Ong, 2011). Understanding the social, cultural and technical dimensions of this sector also provides valuable knowledge regarding higher-level skills (complex communication, analytical and problem-solving skills) that are vital for productivity growth, GDP and successful participation in the global bio-economy (Dutta 2012,OECD, 2012). The focus of this panel is professional and semi-professional women in knowledge-intensive industries, an untapped group of knowledge workers in the global economy (OECD 2012). The papers on this panel explore the ways in which social relations and power dynamics within this sector shape women`s identities working in this sector and their access to resources and opportunities (e.g., promotion, appropriate mentoring, networking opportunities). Women in knowledge-intensive industries are not just knowledge workers and professionals; they carry their cultural identity (as members of ethnic and religious collectives), their gender roles, their familial roles, community roles with them into their biotechnology workplace. This panel also looks at how the occupational identities of women in these industries are bound up with their interactions with technological/technoscience artefacts and the work culture in emergent industries.
Session Organizers:
Cynthia JOSEPH, Monash University, Australia and Josephine BEOKU-BETTS, Florida Atlantic University, USA
Rima SABBAN, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Enabling Policies: Capacity Building and Gender in Science and Technology in Brazil (Oral Presentation)
Alice ABREU, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Identities, Culture and Transnational Learning: Being Malaysian Women Medical Researchers (Oral Presentation)
Cynthia JOSEPH, Monash University, Australia

Between Ambition and Reality: The Role of Gender Representation Rules in European Scientific Advisory Councils (Oral Presentation)
Alison E. WOODWARD, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Gender and Socialization of Knowledge (Oral Presentation)
Gerardo TUNAL SANTIAGO, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico; María Elena CAMARENA ADAME, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

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