Perceived effects of gender, family structure, and physical appearance on career progression in public accounting: A research note

John C. Anderson, Eric N. Johnson, Philip Reckers

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Abstract

This study measured whether gender, family structure, and physical appearance are perceived to influence future career success in public accounting. Practicing auditors indicated perceptions of success for 16 hypothetical audit seniors on three separate measures of career potential. Data were analyzed with repeated-measure ANOVAs. Peers who were described as female, married with children, and poor in physical appearance were generally perceived as less likely to succeed. Implications of these findings for both auditors and public accounting firms are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-491
Number of pages9
JournalAccounting, Organizations and Society
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems and Management

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