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Accounting for change: professional status, gender disadvantage and self-employment

Marlow, Susan and Carter, Sara (2004) Accounting for change: professional status, gender disadvantage and self-employment. Women In Management Review, 19 (1). pp. 5-17. ISSN 0964-9425

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Abstract

Research investigating female self-employment has often highlighted gender-based differences in the performance of women-owned firms. Some studies have linked the under-performance of women-owned firms to the lower levels of capitalisation used at business inception, associating this with disadvantages accrued in waged work and occupational segregation more generally. Drawing on this association, there has been a tendency to treat self-employed women as an undifferentiated group, failing to recognise heterogeneity therein. Considers the impact of the possession of professional qualifications on self-employment and to what degree they might have the potential to mobilise substantial business capital. The discussion explores the influence of gender in the work and career experiences of women and whether the advantages accrued from professional status might challenge gender disadvantage within self-employment. Results are presented from an exploratory study of male-owned and female-owned accountants in independent practice, which suggest that gender disadvantage persists, even within the context of professional practice.

Item type: Article
ID code: 16164
Keywords: professional qualifications, professional services, self employed workers, women, women directors, Commerce, The family. Marriage. Women, Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous), Gender Studies
Subjects: Social Sciences > Commerce
Social Sciences > The family. Marriage. Women
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Hunter Centre For Entrepreneurship
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    Depositing user: Miss Carol Ann Balloch
    Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010 16:28
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 01:22
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/16164

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