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Women's Professional Identity Formation in the Free/Open Source Software Community

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  • Metiu, Anca

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    (ESSEC Business School)

  • Obodaru, Otilia

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    (INSEAD)

Abstract

We examine the formation of women’s professional identity in a particular type of male-dominated domain, the free and open source software development communities, and more broadly in information technology. Through an ethnographic analysis of interviews and online forums discussions, we find that women experience two types of discrepancies or gaps that constitute obstacles in the process of identity formation: an image gap and an identity gap. We show the strategies employed by women as they attempt to bridge these gaps; we also find that some of these strategies, while tackling one gap, may also deepen the other.

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Paper provided by ESSEC Research Center, ESSEC Business School in its series ESSEC Working Papers with number DR 08009.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:essewp:dr-08009

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Keywords: Gender; Identity Formation; Self-presentation;

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  1. Bruce Kogut & Anca Metiu, 2001. "Open-Source Software Development and Distributed Innovation," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 17(2), pages 248-264, Summer.
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