Women and the prospects for partnership in professional accountancy firms

Whiting, Rosalind H., Gammie, Elizabeth and Herbohn, Kathleen (2014) Women and the prospects for partnership in professional accountancy firms. Accounting and Finance, 55 2: 575-605. doi:10.1111/acfi.12066

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Author Whiting, Rosalind H.
Gammie, Elizabeth
Herbohn, Kathleen
Title Women and the prospects for partnership in professional accountancy firms
Journal name Accounting and Finance   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0810-5391
Publication date 2014-01-15
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/acfi.12066
Open Access Status
Volume 55
Issue 2
Start page 575
End page 605
Total pages 31
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines three possible reasons (stereotypical discrimination, structural obstacles and employee's preferences) for the lack of women partners in professional accountancy firms in Australia, UK and New Zealand. Data are collected from an experimental survey and interviews of current partners. Whilst women's perceived preferences and organisational structural barriers contributed strongly to the lack of women partners in all sizes of firms, traditional stereotypical discrimination against women at the partnership decision point was only displayed in metropolitan large non-Big 4 firms, and it is suggested that this is related to intense competitive pressure and a constrained partnership resource.
Keyword Professional accountancy firms
Structural barriers
Work preferences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online : 15 JAN 2014

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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