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Motherhood: The key to the glass ceiling ? the case of the big four in France

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  • Dambrin, Claire

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  • Lambert, Caroline

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    Women in public accounting firms are still proportionally much fewer in the highest levels of the hierarchy than men, whereas the recruitement at a junior level tends to be more and more gender balanced. The aim of this paper is to propose ana analysis of the mechanisms that explain the barriers encountered by auditor mothers in their hierarchical progression within the Big Four in France.

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    Paper provided by HEC Paris in its series Les Cahiers de Recherche with number 862.

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    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: 14 Mar 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:ebg:heccah:0862

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    Keywords: case study; glass ceiling; gender; public accounting firms; motherhood.;

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