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Kvinnliga revisorer bankar på glastaket: En studie av revisionsbyråer i Stockholm
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Glass ceiling is a metaphor used to explain how women can be limited from reaching the top positions in their careers by being stuck under a transparent glass ceiling. Despite the fact that Sweden is one of the most gender equal countries in the world, the current statistics show that women in Sweden generally earn less than men, take larger responsibility of parenting and only represent a minority in boards and leading positions. Previous research on the Glass ceiling has been supported by factors such as motherhood, women’s views on their own possibilities and women being promoted to more precarious leading positions. The current study focuses on the auditor sector and is limited to Stockholm. The study aims to contribute to an understanding of the inequalities between men’s and women’s careers by measuring the existence of the Glass ceiling. The research emanated from previous research and affiliated theories aiming to confirm or reject the Glass ceiling. The study was conducted through semi-structured interviews with auditors operating in Stockholm, during spring of 2017. The current study showed evidence for Homosocial reproduction in top positions in the auditor business in that men tend to choose other men when promoting to top positions. The Pipeline perspective theory was also corroborated due to the industry gradually becoming more gender equal. Furthermore, evidence was found of the Leaky pipeline theory on women resigning from the auditor business as they become mothers, due to the auditor business’ seasonally intense workload. The Glass ceiling was hence partly confirmed. 

Abstract [sv]

Glastaket är en metafor vilken används för att förklara vissa kvinnors begränsningar till att avancera till de högre positionerna inom sitt yrke. Trots att Sverige är ett av världens mest jämställda länder visar statistiken att kvinnor i Sverige generellt har lägre lön än män, tar större ansvar för barnomsorg, tar ut mer föräldraledighet och tar enbart upp en minoritet av styrelse- och ledarpositioner i stora bolag. Tidigare forskning har förklarat Glastaket som en konsekvens av moderskap och kvinnors synsätt på sina egna möjligheter. Studien inriktar sig på revisionsbranschen och avgränsas till Stockholmsområdet. Studiens syfte är att genom tidigare forskning och teorier relaterade till Glastaket bidra till en djupare förståelse genom studiens undersökning. Undersökningen skedde genom semistrukturerade intervjuer med revisorer i Stockholmsområdet under våren 2017. Resultaten visade att studien kunde finna bevis för Homosocial reproduktion i toppositionerna inom revisionsbranschen genom att män tenderar att välja andra män till befordran inom branschen. Även Pipeline perspective-teorin fick belägg i studien då revisionsbranschen tidigare varit mansdominerad, men successivt blir mer jämställd. Vidare fann studien även evidens för Leaky pipeline-teorin där kvinnor oftare säger upp sig från revisorsyrket då de skaffar barn på grund av att yrket ofta innebär mycket arbete vilket kan vara svårt att kombinera med familjeliv. Därmed bekräftar dessa teorier delvis Glastaket.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Glass ceiling, equality, career advancement, women in work, auditing
National Category
Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33064DiVA: diva2:1127740
Subject / course
Business Studies
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2017-07-19 Created: 2017-07-18 Last updated: 2017-07-19Bibliographically approved

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