Management control, gender and postcolonialism: the case of Sri Lankan tea plantations

Ranasinghe, Seuwandhi Buddhika (2017) Management control, gender and postcolonialism: the case of Sri Lankan tea plantations. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Management accounting and control research in developing countries has neglected gender issues. Focusing on management controls over marginalised female workers in Sri Lankan tea plantations, this thesis tries to fill this gap. It takes a postcolonial feminist perspective to theorise ethnographic accounts of mundane controls. The findings illustrate that there are 'embedded‘ controls through colonial and postcolonial legacies, which made the female workers 'double colonised‘. The notion of subalternity captures these repressive forms of controls in their work as tea pluckers. However, postcolonial transformations created a space for resistance against these controls. This shaped a subaltern agency and emancipation and gave rise to a more enabling form of postcolonial management control. The thesis contributes to debates in postcolonial feminist studies in organisations and management control research in general, and management control research in developing countries, in particular.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: management control, postcolonial feminism, gender, postcolonial, colonial, plantations, ethnography, Sri Lanka.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School
Supervisor's Name: Wickramasinghe, Professor Danture and Gallhofer, Professor Sonja and McKernan, Professor John
Date of Award: 2017
Depositing User: Seuwandhi B. Ranasinghe
Unique ID: glathesis:2017-8597
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 09:05
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2017 16:12
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/8597

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