Les questions de genre sont-elles prises en compte par la gestion des talents dans le domaine de la fiscalité ?

Addressing gender issues through the management of tax talent.

Like most areas of financial services, the tax field has traditionally had a predominantly masculinist outlook. In lieu of increased female participation within the field and a rapidly changing operational landscape, these gendered hierarchies persist. At the same time, gender diversity has come to be celebrated as an expression of equality within organisations, and has gained widespread acceptance as part of a larger effort to manage talent across the tax field.
In this paper, we problematise the fundamental underpinnings of these efforts and question their ability to challenge the pervasive and deeply entrenched gendered hierarchies within the tax field. Using practitioner literature focused on providing guidance to new and existing tax experts, we begin by describing the changing tax field. Here, we highlight the roles that globalisation and digitisation play in the push to manage tax talent, emphasising the way in which issues of gender are assimilated into and, ultimately, constrained by this narrative.
Next, we review prior literature for insights into the fundamental inability of such an approach to meaningfully challenge gendered hierarchies. Drawing insights from these critiques, we
discuss the conceptual limits of a language of production and focus on clients’ needs, as well as the complexities that are overlooked or ignored by the oversimplicity of a business case rationale. In short, we argue that the prevailing approach to manage tax talent is fundamentally incapable of addressing gender issues in the tax field and warn against prevailing attempts that claim otherwise.
Central to our argumen
t are the conceptual constraints imposed by a focus on clients’ needs. Here, to help to illustrate the impact of these constraints, we also present preliminary empirical data from an international questionnaire on tax experts priorities in their daytoday work. While our findings identify a range of differences that align with prior literature on decisionmaking, they also illustrate a homogenisation of gender differences when servicing both clients’ and organisational needs.
To conclude, we discuss how t
hese findings illustrate the conceptual grip of clients’ needs over tax experts’ own priorities, recall the centrality of those needs within the prevailing approach to addressing gender issues via the management of tax talent, and articulate the continued need to challenge gendered hierarchies
in the tax field.


This chapter was published in Journal of Tax Administration

For more information, please visit the following link: Addressing gender issues through the management of tax talent

Matthew Sorola, professeur assistant, Dr
Dionysios Karavidas, University of Limerick
Martin Laheen, University of Limerick

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