Collaboration in the microbrewery sector

Rydzik, Agnieszka and Ellis, Victoria (2016) Collaboration in the microbrewery sector. In: 14th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference (REC 2016), 15-17th June 2016, University of Lincoln.

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The microbrewing industry – a traditionally male-dominated sector – has seen increased
participation of women, consistent with the sectors significant growth. Indeed, since 2000, the
number of breweries has expanded by 122.6%, an increase of 613 breweries across the UK, many of
which are located in rural economies. Networks offer a forum for collective learning which is
considered a dependent variable for success (Fulmer et al, 1998). It involves “social interaction,
relational synergies, a strong sense of belonging, and the development of shared understanding
and meaning resulting in outcomes that are both explicit and implicit in nature” (Cross and
Armstrong, 2008, 601). However, masculinised occupations downgrade feminised skills and
characteristics (Ridgeway, 1988) where the female body in physically demanding occupations such
as brewing, further devalues their technical competencies (Woodfield, 2014). Therefore women
are judged by different standards than their male counterparts (Baack et al, 1994) thus requiring a
network that offers psychological safety to provide a “sense of confidence that the [members] will
not embarrass, reject, or punish someone for speaking up” (Edmondson, 1999, 354). As such,
network members must trust each other to share knowledge and information (Holton, 2001)
without the fear of gendered based prejudices. By situating female microbrewing entrepreneurs
and their experiences at the centre, this presentation examines how a female-only brewing
collaborative learning network uses trust as a facilitator for learning and knowledge exchange.

Keywords:Microbrewing, male-dominated occupations, networks
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:24104
Deposited On:16 Sep 2016 09:04

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