Prospective accounting recruits are increasingly diverse. Drawing on a theoretical framework that combines legitimacy theory, impression management, and institutional logics, we use content analysis to examine how the eight largest Canadian accounting firms refer to diversity in their recruitment websites. Our analysis reveals accounting firms adopt multiple institutional logics and various impression management strategies to enhance legitimacy in the eyes of prospective diversity-sensitive employees. We find four "Ps" of diversity-related institutional logics-protect, profit, profess, and promote-all of which are at play in accounting firms' websites. Further, we find that diversity is far from being an institutionalized concept.

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Keywords Accounting profession, Diversity, Diversité, Gestion des impressions, Impression management, Institutional logics, Legitimacy, Logiques institutionnelles, Légitimité, Profession comptable, Recruitment, Recrutement
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1002/cjas.1392
Journal Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences
Citation
Bujaki, M, Durocher, S. (Sylvain), Brouard, F, Neilson, L, & Pyper, R. (Rhonda). (2016). Protect, profit, profess, promote: Establishing legitimacy through logics of diversity in Canadian accounting firm recruitment documents. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. doi:10.1002/cjas.1392