ANALYSIS OF ROLES AND CAREER PATHS OF WOMEN CIVIL ENGINEERS IN THE THAI CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES
Keywords:Civil Engineers, Women Engineers, Career Paths, Construction Organization, Thailand
AbstractDuring the past two decade, there has been very little research concerning women engineers in the construction industry whilst the number of women engineers in Thai contractor companies keeps increasing. Recent research in Thailand revealed that women engineers changed their workplaces more often than their male counterparts because they had slow career progression in contractor companies. This article presents an analysis of roles of civil engineers in construction organizations of different sizes to suggest career paths and suitable roles of women engineers. A qualitative method including in-depth interviews with company owners and experts in construction companies was also conducted. The result showed suitable roles of women engineers with an aim to increase retention rates of women engineers in construction companies. Lastly, the highlight for project managers are advised to place more importance on women engineers so as to improve women engineers’ career development in contractor companies.
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