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Title: CHALLENGES FACED BY FEMALE PROJECT MANAGERS IN SINGAPORE FROM MALE PROJECT MANAGERS' PERSPECTIVE
Authors: YEO EEREENA
Keywords: Building
PFM
Project & Facilities Management
George Ofori
2014/2015 PFM
Project Managers
Gender
Challenges
Issue Date: 24-Jun-2015
Citation: YEO EEREENA (2015-06-24). CHALLENGES FACED BY FEMALE PROJECT MANAGERS IN SINGAPORE FROM MALE PROJECT MANAGERS' PERSPECTIVE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In Singapore’s construction industry, the number of female project managers is small. However, in recent times, there has been an increase in the number of women joining the industry as project managers. Nonetheless, there is still gender inequality among project managers and there is a need to increase the number of female project managers especially when it has been discovered that the leadership traits of project managers consisted of both masculine and feminine characteristics. The objective of this dissertation is to explore the challenges which restrict the growth of the number of female project managers in the construction industry and to see if these challenges are gender biased against females. It is hypothesized that female project managers have to display more masculine leadership traits in order to overcome the challenges they face. The literature reviewed was on how leadership behaviours are governed by traits – how nature and nurture traits shape one’s personality, and also the challenges faced by female leaders in top management positions. Some 21 male project managers were interviewed and the top two challenges that male interviewees find female project managers facing are family concerns and a high stress level at work. It was concluded after comparing the findings from past and present research that the challenges faced by female project managers are not unique to females, but also related to males due to the societal culture of Singapore. Solutions to the challenges faced by female project managers at the individual, project teams and organizations levels were presented. They include the need for passion, equal work opportunities and also the government’s support in creating greater awareness for the construction industry. The limitations of this dissertation include the small number of interviewees which are not representative of all the project managers in Singapore; and that the findings and recommendations may not be applicable overseas.
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