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Performance evaluations as gender barriers in professional organizations: A study of auditing firms
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics. (Corporate governance)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics. (Corporate governance)
Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Lunds universitet.
2010 (English)In: Gender, Work and Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, E-ISSN 1468-0432, Vol. 17, no 6, p. 721-749Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gendering processes often take the form of organizational subtexts, that is, seemingly gender-neutral practices that have gender implications. The purpose of this article is to study performance evaluations, which, based on management by objectives systems, may appear neutral, but tend to be based on male norms of what is regarded as good performance. We analysed the careers and performance evaluations of 391 newly licenced Swedish auditors, using an open-ended question survey. In this industry 50 per cent of new employees and 92 per cent of partners are men. Even in the early stages of their careers, there are notable differences between women and men. The women achieved less and show lower career ambitions and expectations as well as greater intentions to leave the auditing industry. Performance evaluations are also perceived differently, men focusing on what is evaluated (reflecting the perceptions of those at higher hierarchical levels) and women focusing on who does the evaluating and how.

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2010. Vol. 17, no 6, p. 721-749
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gender, performance evaluation, careers, professional organizations, auditing industry
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Business Administration
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Economy, Business administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-15397DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00488.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-15397DiVA, id: diva2:452987
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