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Gender diversity and innovation in mining: corpus-baseddiscourse analysis
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6330-2992
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, ISSN 1756-6266, E-ISSN 1756-6274, Vol. 9, no 4, 359-376 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to gain increased knowledge about gender diversity and innovation in mining by analyzing how women are discursively represented in relation to these two concepts, and in doing so establish how diversity management is received and communicated in the industry.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on analysis of texts including references to gender diversity and innovation in mining found on the web. The tool used to retrieve the data has been WebCorpLive, a tool designed for linguistic analysis of web material.

Findings

Although increased female representation is communicated as a key component in the diversity management discourse, based on the idea that diversity increases innovation and creativity, closer analysis of texts on diversity and innovation in mining shows that what women are expected to contribute with has little explicit connection with innovation.

Research limitations/implications

The study contributes with increased knowledge about diversity management by providing an example of how it is received in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Practical implications

Our findings indicate that for diversity management to have a real effect in mining, it needs to be based on gender equality and social justice motives, rather than on a business case rationale – the principal motive today. To enable this change stereotypical gender patterns, as shown in this study, need to be made visible and problematized among policy makers, practitioners and actors on all levels of the industry.

Originality/value

The study contributes with new knowledge about gender in the mining industry previously not attended to by using a method which so far has been sparsely used in discourse analysis, although pointed out as promising.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. Vol. 9, no 4, 359-376 p.
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Didactics Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
English, Specialization in Didactics; Human Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66327DOI: 10.1108/IJGE-06-2017-0029Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85035223614OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-66327DiVA: diva2:1153640
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Validerad;2017;Nivå 2;2017-11-29 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-10-31 Created: 2017-10-31 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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