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Mining in Green Technology Space: Perspectives of Multinational Mining Companies in Ghana
The Research and Consultancy Centre University of Professional Studies, Accra.
Department of Business Administration University of Professional Studies, Accra.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This qualitative study explores the motivation for and trends in the adoption of green technology among multinational mining companies in Ghana. Multinational mining companies are noted as massive waste generators and energy consumers. As mining activities increase, the risk of greater environmental pollution and degradation also looms. However, a green mining technology across mine life cycles emphasizes the need for judicious utilization of resources and reduction in the effects of mining activities on communities. The adoption of green technology processes and procedures in mine work environments, constitute greater effort towards achieving a more sustainable and environmentally friendly mining practices. Drawing on a qualitative case study methodology, primary data were collected from selected officials of multinational mining companies in Ghana using in-depth interviews. The paper documents green technology awareness messages across various mines and explore the motivating factors for adoption of green mining technologies. The paper also provides an understanding of the fad of green technology adoptions among the multinational mines, which contributes to the reduction in the effects of mining operations on mine workers and local communities. The paper has practical implications on grounds of highlighting sustainable mining, a reduction in pollution and degradation of the environment, promoting awareness on safety and health among individual mine workers, and mining communities. The work recommends green technology adoption as a priority to leverage lean production across the multinational mines in Ghana. 

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2017.
Keyword [en]
Keywords: Green technology, sustainable development, multinational mining companies, health and safety, Ghana.
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Social Sciences Business Administration
Research subject
Industrial Marketing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63364OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-63364DiVA: diva2:1095620
Available from: 2017-05-15 Created: 2017-05-15 Last updated: 2017-05-17
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1. SHIFTING GENDER DYNAMICS IN MULTINATIONAL GHANAIAN MINE JOBS: Narratives on Organizational and Sociocultural Barriers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>SHIFTING GENDER DYNAMICS IN MULTINATIONAL GHANAIAN MINE JOBS: Narratives on Organizational and Sociocultural Barriers
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Gender is one of the central organizing principles around which social and corporate innovation revolves. The multinational Ghanaian mining is dominated by men and masculinity cultures. To gain an adequate understanding of this phenomenon, it is prudent to explore its gendered nature. This thesis reflects consciously upon the pre-entry, organizational and sociocultural barriers affecting the effective participation of women in mine jobs. And beyond the barriers, it examines what changes have occurred, occasioning a shift in gender dynamics, leading to an increasing number of women participation in the industry? The current thesis adopts a case study method, deploying a mix of quantitative and qualitative approaches; administered questionnaires, conducted individual interviews, observations, archival documents, and focus group discussions with respondents in four mining companies and a mining and technology university in Ghana. The AMOS–based structural equation modeling approach was used to analyze the quantitative data, while thematic and discourse analysis was employed in analyzing the qualitative narratives of the respondents. Results of the thesis point to the social construction of gender in science, engineering and technology education as a pre-entry barrier. Also, a complex web of male-dominance, gender bias, role models and mentorship constraints, coupled with unfriendly family work policies were noted organizational barriers. In furtherance, common prejudices, perceptions and stereotyped notions of gender roles in the mines constituted noted sociocultural factors constraining effective participation of women in mine work. However beyond the pre-entry, organizational and sociocultural barriers, the current thesis intuits a phenomenon of a ‘women’s revolution’ in the mines, witnessing collective efforts from Women in Mining Ghana as well as the mine workers’ organizations and allied institutions adopting gender strategic measures, such as the ‘ore solidarity,’ gender mainstreaming in admission programmes as well as gender-driven mining initiatives aimed at re-engineering or striking a shift in gender dynamics in the mine jobs of Ghana. Consequently, the classic and continuous male-dominance in Ghanaian mines constitute a considerable concern for mine work organizational development, with practical implications for the mining industry, employment, and  labor relation practices as well as public policy in Ghana. Therefore, affirmative action is recommended for gender deconstruction and promotion of gender democracy. Indeed this move for inclusivity will engender poverty eradication work towards achieving organizational modernization, their global competitiveness and an assurance for gender-driven social innovative mining.

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Luleå: Graphic production, 2017. 169 p.
Keyword
Keywords: gender and technology, psychosocial structures, enrolment regimes, organizational barriers, stereotype notions on gender roles, shifting gender dynamics, sustainability, social innovation, multinational Ghanaian mines
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Social Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63356 (URN)978-91-7583-910-3 (ISBN)978-91-7583-911-0 (ISBN)
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2017-06-16, A 1545, House A, Lulea, 11:37 (English)
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Available from: 2017-05-15 Created: 2017-05-15 Last updated: 2017-05-24Bibliographically approved

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