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School of Business and Management

Adesola Akomolafe

 Adesola Akomolafe

Email: a.b.akomolafe@qmul.ac.uk

Project title

Maternal body taboo and the culture of silence in accounting firms.

Project description

The research on female’s procreation identity and its effect on career progression continue to receive attention. However, the question of how the presence and use of voice in organisations can influence women’s career progression for positive work wellbeing remains largely elusive. Drawing on the theory of gendered organisations, this study adopts a qualitative research methodology to explore how female reproductive biology and burden, including but not limited to procreation is perceived to disrupt the ideal functioning of the capitalist business and may be an obstacle to their career progression. In addition, the study will also investigate how speaking against this bias can influence gender inclusion at top management levels in accounting firms and positive work wellbeing.  The study offers potential contributions to the theory of gendered organisations. In practical terms, the findings will aid the abstract accounting organisations to accommodate other bodied processes such as reproduction, free expression of emotions and ensure that female leadership positions are constructed based on competence and not the female reproductive biology.

Supervision

1st Supervisor: Dr Suki Sian
2nd Supervisor: Professor Tessa Wright

Biography

I hold Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Accounting from Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD). I am also a student member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

I became a teaching assistant in my alma mater after my first degree and I knew it was the beginning of fulfilling my lifelong dream of becoming an academic. I honed my skills for teaching and research for over four years, then, in 2019, I came to a decision to experience a fresh perspective of my dreams. I joined the Management Scholars Academy (MSA) Program of the Lagos Business School where I worked as a full-time academic researcher.
This amazing opportunity served as a foundation for me to commence a PhD at the Queen Mary University London where I am currently undertaking research on Maternal Body Taboo and the Culture of Silence in Nigerian Accounting Firms.