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Ishani Weerasinghe

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School of Management
Massey Business School


Thesis Title
The careers of Sri Lankan skilled migrant women in the New Zealand IT industry

Research Description
In recent years, the low participation of women in the Information Technology (IT) industry has been widely noticed. Greater participation of women in IT is imperative for fair and inclusive social and economic development as per the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development program. In developed countries, women's participation in IT is stagnant or decreasing, for instance, in the United States, it is less than 26 percent. However, developing countries have greater participation of women in the IT industry. In India, women's participation is higher (36%), and it is rising. So far, no satisfactory explanation has been offered for this difference. Thus, the purpose of my research is to understand the reasons behind the above-mentioned difference in women’s participation in the global IT industry in developed and developing countries. A better understanding of factors driving women's participation in IT in developed and developing countries will allow me to make policy recommendations for reducing the gender gap.

Personal Description
I am from Sri Lanka and being an academic in the higher education sector in Sri Lanka since 2008, I believe that an international PhD.D. placement like at Massey University will contribute more to my academic career in the future.

Associate Professor Kaye Thorn
Dr Tanya Jurado


Weerasinghe, I., & Warnakulasooriya, B. N. F. (2019). Interactions in virtual customer environments (VCEs) toward customer relationship management (CRM): A study of tourist hotels in Sri Lanka. International Review of Management and Marketing, 9(1), 44-51. https://doi.org/10.32479/irmm.7341


Weerasinghe, I., Warnakulasooriya, B.N.F. (2019). Virtual Customer Interactions and Customer-Producer Relationships: Impact of Customer Interactions on Customer-Producer Relationships using Virtual Customer Environments. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. https://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Customer-Interactions-Customer-Producer-Relationships/dp/6139476437


Weerasinghe, I. (2018). Impact of Customer Interaction on Customer-Producer Relationships using Virtual Customer Environments of Tourist Hotels in Sri Lanka. [Abstrac publication and paper Presentation]. 3rd International Conference on Social Science and Innovation, Research and Innovation Centre, Male, Maldives.


Weerarathna, R. & Weerasinghe, I. (2018) A Study of the Relationship between Organizational Conflicts & Employees’ Intention to Leave. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. https://www.morebooks.de/store/gb/book/a-study-on-organizational-conflicts-and-employees-intention-to-leave/isbn/978-620-2-02329-0


Weerarathna, R. & Weerasinghe, I. (2017). A Study of the Relationship between Organizational Conflicts & Employees’ Intentions to Leave with Special Reference to Staff Assistants in ABC Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka. Global Journal of Management and Business Research: A, Vol. 17(4) Version 1.0, 43 – 57. https://doi.org/10.17406/GJMBR