Gender and accountancy: some evidence from the UK

Ciancanelli, P., Gallhofer, S., Humphrey, C. and Kirkham, L. (1990) Gender and accountancy: some evidence from the UK. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 1(2), pp. 117-144. (doi:10.1016/1045-2354(90)02011-7)

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Abstract

There is now the well-publicized and welcome view that the accountancy profession must change to accommodate the needs of the increasing numbers of women entering its ranks. This research provides the first quantitative assessment of women's participation rates in the UK profession. These data are placed within the context of current theoretical and policy debates on gender in the business professions. We find that the dramatic quantitative changes are not, as yet, accompanied by expected gender transformations of the profession's hierarchy. Standard explanations for this are analysed with reference to the evolving critical theory literature in accounting.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gallhofer, Professor Sonja
Authors: Ciancanelli, P., Gallhofer, S., Humphrey, C., and Kirkham, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Critical Perspectives on Accounting
ISSN:1045-2354
ISSN (Online):1095-9955

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