Why don't more women major in information systems?

@article{Croasdell2011WhyDM,
  title={Why don't more women major in information systems?},
  author={David T. Croasdell and Alexander J. McLeod and Mark G. Simkin},
  journal={Inf. Technol. People},
  year={2011},
  volume={24},
  pages={158-183}
}
Purpose – Increasing enrollments in colleges of business have not been matched by women majoring in the field of information systems (IS). This paper aims to explore reasons why women choose not to major in information technology disciplines and to suggest potential solutions.Design/methodology/approach – The authors used a behavioral model based on the theory of reasoned action and a survey of the students enrolled in six sections of a college‐wide MIS course to help them answer the… 

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