Managing Science and Technology Occupations of Women in Nigeria

Journal of Technology Management and Innovation 01/2009; 4(3). DOI: 10.4067/S0718-27242009000300004
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The study examined the occupational activities of female graduates in science and technology related fields with a view to assessing factors influencing their performance and make recommendations to enhance women work experiences in S&T occupations. The data for the study was collected through questionnaire and interview schedule from a sample of 2110 respondents comprising of employed female Science and Technology (S&T) graduates and heads of departments in tertiary institutions and S&T firms in Nigeria. The study reveal that most female S&T graduates (FSTGs) employed in tertiary institutions and research institutions were engaged in S&T based occupations. However, in corporate firms, most of the FSTGs work either in administration, finance or R&D departments. In addition, a large proportion takes less paying non S&T jobs for domestic reasons and lack of suitable vacancies. This suggests gross under-utilization of human resource. Some S&T organizations did not have any female working in S&T departments. Recommendations were made to enhance the recruitment, retention and performance of women in S&T employment in Nigeria.

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    ABSTRACT: Knowledge and information are key drivers of growth and key aspects of all stages of business development. Information Technology (IT) women want to influence the decisions that affect the lives of their families and communities as well as their political and economic environments. IT women want to be better informed but they also need to have their own information, experiences and ideas valued and organized into voices for change. Therefore, for women to actively take their place in a knowledge based economy (KBE) in Nigeria, it is essential that they pay attention to raising the knowledge level of members by reducing the knowledge gap and digital divide amongst women in all regions and among various social strata. This paper takes a look at the characteristics of KBE, and x-rays the place of women in a knowledge based economy by statistically showing the level of women involvement in IT. Data was collected from the National Bureau of Statistics with specific emphasis on ICT related jobs, education and employment. A three-KBE indicator model was developed to analyze the place of women in KBE and its threats, and proffers possible solution if the women must be carried along in achieving the KBE society.