The role of women as change agents in a male-dominated context. Empirical findings from the transport and mobility industry

Nienaber, A., Woodcock, A., Soares, A., Searle, R. and Tietmeyer, J. (2023) The role of women as change agents in a male-dominated context. Empirical findings from the transport and mobility industry. Work, (doi: 10.3233/WOR-210996) (PMID:37355919) (Early Online Publication)

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Background: A variety of scholars deal with change agents’ role within change processes and highlight their relevance as role models in an organisation, but there are shortcomings. Objective: This study aims to enhance our knowledge on the role of women as change agents in analysing their perceived self-efficacy during change and their job satisfaction as job-related dimension of wellbeing. Methods: We applied a mixed-method design, conducting two studies based on data from 71 specialists – change agents – working in the transport or mobility departments of seven local authorities participating in the H2020 CIVITAS SUITS project, from six different countries, Greece, Spain, Italy, Romania, United Kingdom, and Lithuania. Results: The first quantitative survey shows that female change agents may have to perceive higher levels of self-efficacy during organisational change to perceive similar levels of job satisfaction as men. The second qualitative study (focus groups) provides more in-depth explanations of these results. This allows us to derive managerial implications to prevent decreases in women’s well-being and strengthen their resilience and health during change. Conclusion: This mixed-method study highlights the role of women as change agents, driving organisational change within male-dominated transport departments of local authorities. Our results show that female change agents need extra support in managing change processes within male-dominated contexts as the transport and mobility field to avoid a decrease in their perceived job satisfaction, their well-being and herewith, their physical and mental health.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The data of this research were collected during the SUITS project, which was funded by the European Union (Grant agreement ID: 690650, Programme H2020-EU.3.4. – Societal challenges – Smart, Green and Integrated Transport, Topic MG-5.4-2015 – Strengthening the knowledge and capacities of Las) and the TinnGO project, which received funding 952 from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 824349).
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Searle, Professor Rosalind
Authors: Nienaber, A., Woodcock, A., Soares, A., Searle, R., and Tietmeyer, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Work
Publisher:IOS Press
ISSN (Online):1875-9270
Published Online:23 June 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 IOS Press
First Published:First published in Work 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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