A gender agenda

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Purpose: the paper seeks to categorise the nature of the research undertaken in respect of gender and accounting in order to identify where research is undertaken and where there remain lacunae in the field. It seeks to offer prescriptions for more research in the field and for consideration of particular type of research considering the gendered values that inform accounting.

Design: the approach taken is to provide an illustrative review of the literature in the area to illustrate the streams of thought that are reflected in research in the field. The paper is therefore an argument for undertaking research in relation to gender more generally and more specifically to pay attention to how the nature of accounting information is informed by gendered values.

Findings: my argument is that considerations of gender in accounting research are not providing the impetus for a change that will enrich accounting information and the decision making processes that it informs. A different approach to accounting provides the possibility of providing more equitable opportunities for those working within the accounting profession, including women.

Research Implications: the paper argues the case for more research in this field.

Social Implications: the paper has implications for the situation of women working as accountants as well as to the broader diversity agenda.

Originality/value: the paper seeks to re-emphasise an earlier paper (Broadbent, 1998) and re-energise the debates about the effects of gender in accounting. I am not aware of any other research that is addressing the agenda of the gendered nature of accounting information and technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-181
Number of pages13
JournalMeditari Accountancy Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Gender, Socialisation, Values, women in accounting, universal feminine, relational control

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