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In this paper I discuss the behaviors and efforts of the male employees of one small software development company, which was born and died during the gold rush mentality11 that captivated many start-ups during the Dot.Com Bubble. From evidence drawn from interviews, observations, self-reported organizational charts and time diaries, I argue that the organizational culture, created by the original and managerial employees of this company, made it nearly impossible for female employees to be hired, I also claim that once a few female employees were hired, the organizational culture made the work environment so hostile that it drove them to leave and seek alternative employment. I argue these points from both a social constructivist and an individual differences theoretical points of view. The conclusions that I draw from this case study are that the Dot Com Bubble did more to impede women from the IT workforce than to facilitate their entrance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference
EditorsE. Trauth
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1581136668, 9781581136661
StatePublished - 2003
EventProceedings of the 2003 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Apr 10 2003Apr 12 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference


OtherProceedings of the 2003 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Law
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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