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Queering accounting: opening up and connecting professional services firms

Nicholas McGuigan (Department of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
Alessandro Ghio (Department of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

ISSN: 2040-8021

Article publication date: 31 October 2018

Issue publication date: 22 November 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on the research undertaken by Egan (2018), arguing for the themes of opening and connecting to be embraced, adopted and practiced by professional service firms, those who work within them and the academic researchers actively engaged in investigating this field.

Design/methodology/approach

This study provides insights into the need for professional service firms to ensure breathing space for LGBTQI-identifying accountants rather than a simple acceptance and assimilation of LGTQI peoples within the consolidated heteronormative structures of the accounting profession. Starting from the recent societal and legislative changes coupled with the ongoing disruption of the business environment, this paper urges professional service firms and accounting researchers to open up and connect to cultural identification, theory, research ideas, research methodologies and research impact and dissemination.

Originality/value

This study represents the beginning of a discussion around the lifeworlds of LGBTQI-identifying accountants and how embracing these may be beneficial for their accounting profession. It provides a critical discussion of the current use of Queer Theory and it supports future studies around the notion of “intersectionality.” It also includes empirical evidence about connecting academic, professional and public communities around the topic of “Queering Accounting.”

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Citation

McGuigan, N. and Ghio, A. (2018), "Queering accounting: opening up and connecting professional services firms", Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 9 No. 5, pp. 625-635. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAMPJ-08-2018-0210

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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