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Nanotechnology researchers’ collaboration relationships: A gender analysis of access to scientific information

AuthorsVillanueva Félez, África ; Woolley, Richard ; Cañibano, Carolina
Tie characteristics
Scientific collaboration
Issue Date2015
PublisherSage Publications
CitationSocial Studies of Science 45(1): 100-129 (2015)
AbstractWomen are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, particularly at higher levels of organizations. This article investigates the impact of this underrepresentation on the processes of interpersonal collaboration in nanotechnology. Analyses are conducted to assess: (1) the comparative tie strength of women’s and men’s collaborations, (2) whether women and men gain equal access to scientific information through collaborators, (3) which tie characteristics are associated with access to information for women and men, and (4) whether women and men acquire equivalent amounts of information by strengthening ties. Our results show that the overall tie strength is less for women’s collaborations and that women acquire less strategic information through collaborators. Women and men rely on different tie characteristics in accessing information, but are equally effective in acquiring additional information resources by strengthening ties. This article demonstrates that the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics has an impact on the interpersonal processes of scientific collaboration, to the disadvantage of women scientists.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306312714552347
Identifiersdoi: 10.1177/0306312714552347
issn: 0306-3127
e-issn: 1460-3659
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