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The Determinants of Career Success in the New Zealand Accountancy Profession
Whiting, Rosalind H
Sixty-nine experienced New Zealand Chartered Accountants (CAs), displaying varying levels of family/work involvement were interviewed about their careers. The primary finding was that those with the least family responsibilities, irrespective of gender, were the most successful career-wise. Overall career success was enhanced by high career aspirations, long working hours and availability to clients, hard work, high technical competence and skills, networking, self-confidence, flexibility to relocate if required and large size and growth of the employing organisation. Most influential were career aspirations and a long hours/available work ethic, demonstrating the pervasiveness of the male linear career model. Career aspirations, desire for responsibility, perceived ability to handle pressure, long hours, availability to clients, networking and possibly technical skills (in cases of extended leave) were all influenced by the CA’s level of family responsibilities and not just gender alone
Publisher: EIASM 23rd Workshop on Strategic Human Resource Management, Slovenia, April 2008.
Series: Accountancy Working Paper Series
Keywords: accountancy; progression; family; Career; Gender
Research Type: Working Paper