Professional Networking by Gender: A Case Study on LinkedIn Contacts for a Professor in Science

In this study, we secondhand data from LinkedIn networks to gain awareness in how various groups network in terms of network amount and gender arrangement among people. We have gathered unconditional data from 751 LinkedIn networks to quantitatively resolve networking trends and network gender arrangements in the categories feminine, age, sector of work, field of work, level of instruction and area of residence. We have further determined socializing for professional or personal gain ”savviness” as a quantitative measure of public networking for equating groups in the categories. The notes made concerning networking attitude among female and male LinkedIn consumers include that girls on average had more female contacts than sons in all classifications. Female networks working in a non-mechanics field were found to have ultimate gender equal networks of all groups accompanying an average of 42.5% female contacts. The data show further, that employees of business or other enterprise in STEM and the private sector were more experienced networkers and that consumers with a PhD had minority female contacts on average than those outside a PhD. Further, Scandinavian networks had significantly more female contacts in their networks than networks from additional European countries and North America had.

Author(s) Details:

Anders Lindh Olsson,
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Markus Snellman,
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Knut Deppert,
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Inger Lövkrona,
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

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Keywords: Social networks, social communication, professional networking, gender equality, social media


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