Title: An exploration in visibility: some experiences of Indian women accountants

Authors: Orthodoxia Kyriacou; Angathevar Baskaran; Jatin Pancholi

Addresses: Middlesex University, The Burroughs, NW4 4BT, London, UK ' Middlesex University, The Burroughs, NW4 4BT, London, UK ' Middlesex University, The Burroughs, NW4 4BT, London, UK

Abstract: Many studies have emerged in the accounting field that explore women's experiences in developed economies. However, little research has been undertaken to investigate the experiences and realities facing practising women accountants in India. The study offers exploratory insights into this area (against the backdrop of the internationalisation and globalisation of accounting). The study involved 17 women accounting practitioners from four major commercial cities in India: Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The results indicate that several practitioners experienced difficulties in certain areas of practice, whereas others reported that they did not experience any barriers to advancement. A discussion concerning limitations and areas for further research are presented in the conclusion.

Keywords: accounting experiences; business performance; gender equality; visibility; women accountants; India; female accountants; developing countries.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPM.2015.066022

International Journal of Business Performance Management, 2015 Vol.16 No.1, pp.19 - 39

Accepted: 04 Jun 2014
Published online: 07 Nov 2014 *

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