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CPA-AGRC Distinguished Speaker Series and TRSS - Anne-Marie Ward Wealthier

Gender norms and women on boards: insights from SAF theory

Date & Time

October 13, 2022


Online - Link provided in reminder email 2 hours before the event


Kathy Cunningham

In conjunction with the Telfer Research Seminar Series

***M.Sc. Students, this event can count towards one of the six mandatory Research Seminars Series needed to attend (MHS6991 or MGT6991).***

Anne-Marie Ward, PhD

The under-representation of women on boards (WOBs) remains a longstanding issue despite a substantial body of research, policy recommendations and the introduction of legislation. In this paper insights from strategic action field (SAF) theory are applied to investigate whether habitus differences in gender norms and policies, which are formed historically and influenced by links with other SAFs, explain the levels and changes in WOBs across fields in community credit unions in Northern Ireland.  The findings are that habitus differences are reflected in the number of women on the board and there is a high degree of stability. The policy implications are that increasing WOBs will remain an uphill battle in the absence of appropriate regulation.  

About the Speaker

Anne Marie Ward is Professor of Accounting at Ulster University.  Professor Ward is regarded as one of the leading Anne-Marie Ward (co)authors of academic accounting textbooks, including Finance Theory and Practice (4 editions), Introduction to Financial Accounting (9 editions), Financial Accounting and Reporting: An International Approach and An Introduction to Personal Finance (4 editions). Her textbooks are adopted in over 40 institutions in the UK and Ireland and also have international adoptions in China, Malaysia and mainland Europe.

Professor Ward’s main research interest is the social economy and financial inclusion, in particular the governance and performance of non-profit, member-owned, cooperative credit unions. She has contributed substantially to the literature in this area and is regarded as one of the leading academics on the subject.  

Professor Ward has been involved in six successful grant projects worth a total of over £150,000 and is the author of over 100 publications including academic articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, Studies in Higher Education, Financial Accountability and Management and British Accounting Review.

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