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Journal cover: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal

ISSN: 2040-7149
Previously published as: Equal Opportunities International

Online from: 2010

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Exploring inclusion, exclusion and ethnicities in the institutional structures of UK accountancy


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Title:Exploring inclusion, exclusion and ethnicities in the institutional structures of UK accountancy
Author(s):Roger Johnston, (Queen Mary University of London, London, UK), Orthodoxia Kyriacou, (Middlesex University, London, UK)
Citation:Roger Johnston, Orthodoxia Kyriacou, (2011) "Exploring inclusion, exclusion and ethnicities in the institutional structures of UK accountancy", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Vol. 30 Iss: 6, pp.482 - 497
Keywords:Accounting, Ethnicity, Gender, Institutional structures, Oral history
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02610151111157701 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – This paper seeks to explore the ways in which discrimination is exercised institutionally. The paper takes as its focus the UK institutional structures of accountancy.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a conceptual framework which explores the connections between institutional structures of UK accountancy and the rich experiences of individuals.

Findings – The narrative themes clearly illustrate the intersection of gender, ethnicity and identity across the institutional structures. Varying degrees of inclusion and exclusion are visible in the accountancy workplace.

Research limitations/implications – The oral history approach has its inherent limitations and many of the respondents were “snowball” contacts rather than drawn from a large randomly chosen selection.

Practical implications – This paper prioritises individual experience of unfair discrimination. Although research in this area of accountancy is emergent, it argues that the voice of the individual needs to be listened to by the institutions which form UK accountancy in order to facilitate equality and diversity.

Originality/value – The value of this study rests with the illumination of accountancy experiences which otherwise may have been silenced by the institutional structures of accountancy.



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