Trauth delivers keynote address at international research conference

Eileen Trauth, professor of information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State, recently presented a keynote address to international business leaders at the 9th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies.

During the keynote speech, Trauth talked about her studies on gender in the information technology (IT) field and related it back to business research using her knowledge of information systems. Trauth has a background in business information systems and has studied extensively women in the IT field worldwide. Her current research focuses on university students in IT and how race, ethnicity and socio-economic class influence gender stereotypes about the IT profession.

By attending the conference, Trauth said she was able to converse with professionals around the world on issues in gender research.

“I got greater insights into what people in different disciplines in different countries think about the topic of gender. In the research community, of which I am a part in the USA, it is taken as a given that the under representation of women in the IT field is an important research problem,” she said.

The conference, Trauth said, focused on research methods common to Europe but less common in the United States such as qualitative studies of information systems. She attended the conference in Madrid, Spain at the Instituto de Empressa Business School in late June.

Last Updated July 07, 2011