• Bellini, Anna (Project Participant)

    Project Details


    A significant part of the consultation activities in a number of important areas, including human resource development, IT-development, strategic planning and development and communication with other firms, is carried out by women consultants in small companies. Many of these women consultants have worked previously for several years in academia.

    However many women consultants do not receive the recognition or success that their efforts merit for a number of reasons, including exclusion from male (‘old school tie’) and information networks, resulting in lack of information about what is required for success on the national and European markets. Women and girls have always had less access to technology education than boys and men and this continues to be true for information technology. Consequently a high proportion of women consultants are unaware of either the capabilities and opportunities afforded by information technology or the risks to organisations that fail to make use of it. These factors hold throughout Europe to a certain extent, but they are particularly relevant to women in the candidate EU countries of the CEEC and CIS.

    On the positive side research results on the prerequisites for success are now available from studies carried out in a number of countries. Access to these research results and the opportunity for women consultants to interact and network with women researchers and each other would be of great benefit to both consultants and researchers. The women consultants would gain invaluable information with a resultant increase in both material and intangible rewards, whereas the women researchers would gain additional insight into the problems facing women consultants.

    The aim of this project is the development of a Web-based observatory and consulting center which would analyse the prerequisites for success in different European countries, with the analysis to include the effects of culture, different economic systems, histories and other specifically national factors on success, and gender differences in approaches and attitudes to success. The project would involve existing networks from higher education and the comparative analysis and integration of existing research results. All project outputs would be available in several different European languages to make them accessible to women consultants across Europe. In addition project outputs would be produced in a variety of media to make them accessible to disabled women consultants and researchers.

    Integrated data bases of research results will be set up and made available on the web, as well as on CD and in hard copy. All web sites will be fully accessible both to disabled consultants and researchers and women with older software and hardware. Discussion forums will be established, both on the web and on a rotating basis in several different countries across Europe. The availability of these two types of discussion forums will enable the participation of more women researchers and consultants and also have the advantages of facilitating direct contact between women researchers and consultants. Results from the face-to-face discussion forums will also be published on the web.
    Effective start/end date01/10/200301/10/2006