This event will be delivered by Eileen M Trauth, Professor Emeritus Information Sciences & Technology Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, USA and Regina Connolly, Professor Information Systems, DCU Business School, Dublin City University, Ireland and Lero FI

This presentation describes our research paper “Investigating the Nature of Change in Factors Affecting Gender Equality in the IT Sector: A Longitudinal Study of Women in Ireland" (MIS Quarterly, 45, 4, 2055-2100), which was recently selected by the Responsible Research in Business and Management network ( for inclusion in their “Honor Roll” of research with credible societal impact. In this presentation, we use our study of women in the Irish IT sector as the basis for addressing two questions: “What does it mean to conduct credible social impact research?” and “How does one carry out such research?”  To answer those questions, findings from our 50-year longitudinal study of women in the Irish IT sector are presented.  This is followed by a consideration of the theoretical and methodological implications of that research, including the dynamic extension of extant theory which enabled more detailed characterization of the nature of change in factors affecting women IT professionals.  The insights obtained from this study provide an important evidence base for policy makers, organisations, women’s networks and those interested in developing and deploying impactful interventions to remove the gender barriers which impede women’s participation in the IT workforce.We conclude with reflections on our experience of this research process that may assist other researchers interested in conducting research with societal impact.

This event will take place in the Tierney Building in UL on Thursday April 27th from 13:00-13:50 and includes time for Q&A.

If you are planning to attend in person, and please do, RSVP to (cc’d) as lunch will be provided and we will need numbers for catering

If you are attending online, here is the zoom link: