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Women in business

A collection of books, articles and guides on topics of interest to women working in business and accountancy.

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Featured eBook

It's not a glass ceiling, it's a sticky floor: free yourself from the hidden behaviors sabotaging your career success
Shambaugh, Rebecca (McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2007)

Admit it: You've probably been ‘stuck’ in at least one or more of these situations. Maybe you're a perfectionist who has trouble letting go of a task. Maybe you're so loyal to your company that you haven't explored other career options. Maybe you're afraid of speaking up in meetings. Or maybe you're so accommodating to others' needs that you never take care of your own. This book will show you how to get unstuck from these common traps.

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Featured article

Women in leadership: Time for more
This article shares insights, advice and questions from participants in the Women's Accounting Leadership Series, about moving up in accounting and finance. Topics discussed include barriers to career advancement among women in finance and accounting, what women can do to create a more inclusive workplace environment such as seeking male and female colleagues as mentors and serving as a mentor to male colleagues, and skills required to rise to the top.

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Introduction and background

Chapter 1 looks at the development of corporate governance and specifically the history of corporate governance in the UK.

It's not a glass ceiling, it's a sticky floor: free yourself from the hidden behaviours sabotaging your career success

Professional advancement for women in the workplace.

Woman's place is in the boardroom, A

Details the advantages of having women on the board of directors.

Woman's place is in the boardroom, A: the roadmap

Guide to promoting women in the workplace.

Women in business: the changing face of leadership

Describes the process of increasing gender diversity in leadership positions.

Women in finance

A chapter on career development for female finance professionals who want to progress in senior roles.

Women leading

Describes the role of women in leadership positions.

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Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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On the herding of cats

Professional service firms are composed of experts who prize their autonomy. In this context, leadership must be a collective endeavor.

Procurement of software and smartphone apps

The article offers tips to companies on implementing protocols for the procurement of software and smartphone applications. Before making a purchase, firms are advised to have a clear definition of the problem to be solved by the use of the software. The request for proposal should be reviewed by multiple individuals at different levels of the organization for thoroughness, priorities and risks.

The impact of big data on finance

The article examines the impact of the implementation of Big Data in companies on accounting and finance professionals. It also describes areas where accountants and finance professionals can create value around Big Data, including data governance and organizational risk management.

Tone at the top v tune in the middle:

The article compares the influence of upper management and direct supervisors on establishing the ethical culture of an organization. It discusses the lack of direct interaction between employees and upper management and its effect on the relevance of supervisors to employees' approach to ethical behavior

Sharpen your board's risk oversight process

Article revisits the board 's risk governance model and director skill sets; make culture an enterprise asset as well as an oversight priority; and focus on the quality of the risk management process.

Prioritizing the audit committee agenda

Reports in the KPMG 2019 global audit committee survey which states that it is "increasingly difficult" to oversee the major risks on the audit committee's agenda in addition to its core financial reporting oversight responsibilities. Committees should also probe the audit firm on its quality control systems that are intended to drive sustainable, improved audit quality, including the firm's use of new technologies.

What is Natural Language Processing (NLP)?

The article discusses the uses of natural language processing (NLP), a branch of computer science and artificial intelligence that enables computers to extract meaning from unstructured text. Topics discussed include applications that we use every day, including digital assistants, web search, email, and machine translation; and approaches to natural language processing.

Human factors critical to securing digital transformation

The article offers information on several human factors to secure digital transformations and suggests that sourcing the latest cyber security technology to support digital transformation projects is meaningless if you fail to address your organisational culture and the people in it.

New legislation to tackle late payments introduced by Labour peer

Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn has today introduced a Private Members Bill to the House of Lords aimed at addressing late payments and strengthening the powers of the Small Business Commissioner.

EU wants fines to enforce post-Brexit deal with UK

According to new documents, the European Commission has proposed that future disputes between the EU and UK be resolved through an arbitration panel with the authority to impose a "lump sum" or "penalty payment" on an infringing party.

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Guides, publications and research


Women in Work Index 2019
Annual update to PwC's Women in Work Index which combines key indicators of female economic empowerment into a single comparable index for 33 OECD countries.


FTSE women leaders: Hampton-Alexander Review
The third report of the Hampton-Alexander Review assesses progress in adoption of the five key recommendations aimed at increasing the number of women in leadership positions of FTSE 350 companies that the original review published in 2016.


Maximising women’s contribution to future economic growth
Women’s Business Council Progress Report 2017.


Gender salary reporting
Brief guide from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to new legislation which requires large employers to measure and report on how they pay men and women from April 2017. Also includes results of the CMI and XpertHR's Gender Salary Survey 2016.

Women in Finance Charter
Details of HM Treasury's 'Women in Finance Charter' which asks financial services firms to commit to implementing 4 key industry actions to improve gender balance within the industry. Published in March 2016.


Maximising women’s contribution to future economic growth - Two years on
Follow-up report from the Women’s Business Council published in June 2015. Outlines further recommendations for changing business culture to better use the talents of girls and women as they participate in the workforce at every stage of their lives.

Organizational strategies: retaining and developing women leaders
Guide published by AICPA in 2015 to help accountancy firms develop and implement strategies that facilitate career progression for women.


Maximising women's contribution to future economic growth: One year on
Follow-up report from the Women's Business Council published in June 2014. The report gives recommendations for businesses and policymakers, updated statistics on women's participation in the economy and a talent management checklist for employers.


Maximising women's contribution to future economic growth
Report published by the Women's Business Council in June 2013 examining areas of work with the greatest potential economic benefit and providing recommendations with a clear economic case for action. 


Unwritten rules: Why doing a good job might not be enough
This series from Catalyst provides access to reports and tools on how to learn, leverage and communicate an organisation's own unwritten rules which exist alongside formal talent management and performance review programmes. The research examines the impact of these unwritten rules and emphasises that those, often women, ‘who do not have the tools to access this maze of unwritten rules and the important knowledge these rules provide remain left out, no matter how competent they are’.

The gender dividend: Making the business case for investing in women
This report was published in 2011 by Deloitte as the first in a series of reports aiming to examine successful models for investing in women. The report ‘lays out the rationale behind why governments and organisations must look to women as key to their economic growth’.


Representation of women and men in business and government: Public attitudes and perceptions
Results of a survey published by the Government Equalities Office in March 2010. The aim of the survey was to explore public attitudes in the UK towards the representation of women and men in public institutions and in business.


Inquiry into sex discrimination in the finance sector
Research report from the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission published in March 2009. The study surveys the pay, policies and practices of organisations within the financial services sector.


Women of ICAS reaching the top: The demise of the glass ceiling
Research published in 2007 which evaluates the extent the glass ceiling remains a phenomenon for female Scottish chartered accountants.

Organisations and networks

Government Equalities Office
Department of the Home Office responsible for equalities legislation and policy in the UK. Site includes research, publications and statistical information on women in work.

British Association of Women Entrepreneurs
Non-profit professional organisation for UK based women business owners.

Organisation working globally to expand opportunities for women and business. The website provides access to research reports on a range of gender and diversity issues.

Prowess 2.0
Network of organisations and individuals aiming to support the growth of women's business ownership. Access case studies, useful facts and figures, newsletters and publications (registration required to view some content).

Women in Business
Business support network for women established in 1994.

Women in business (Startups)
Online resource for SMEs produced by publisher Crimson Business which provides information, articles and news on business networking, funding for women in business and support for female entrepreneurs.

1230 The Women's Company
Network of meetings and events for business women to help and support each other to grow their businesses.

Women in Rural Enterprise
Network and club for business women in the rural sector. Access news, information about events and the WIRE directory which details members' businesses, success stories, regional contacts and useful links.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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