Call for Chapters - Book on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Information regarding the proposed book

The book on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Theory, practice, and case histories (Tentative title)

Editor: Bin Srinidhi, Carlock Endowed Distinguished Professor of Accounting,

Chief Editor, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics,

Senior Co-editor, Accounting Horizons

College of Business, The University of Texas at Arlington

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., 5 Toh Tuck Link, Singapore 596224.

Suggested length of the chapter : 15 – 20 typed double-spaced pages excluding Tables, Graphs, and Figures. This is flexible.

Proposed Structure:

Academic Research

  • Definitions and descriptions of Diversity, Equity, Equality, and Inclusion – with some examples
    • Apparent diversity such as gender, race, age, and Neurodiversity; hidden diversity such as expertise, experience, attitudes, personality, etc.
    • Differences and commonalities between Equity and Equality: Legal viewpoint; Awareness in business and non-business organizations
    • Inclusion, communication, status, respect, and trust across diverse groups

Tentatively committed chapters:

  • Gender diversity on corporate boards and information quality: Earnings quality, audit quality, and information environment
  • Women directors as agents of norm change – how do female directors affect reporting quality even if they are a minority on most gender-diverse boards
  • Board gender diversity and accounting conservatism
  • Moderating effect of board gender diversity in mitigating the entrenchment of networked CEOs
  • Gender diversity in audit teams and among audit partners and their effect on audit quality
  • The role of inter-director and inter-group communication in realizing the benefits of board diversity (More generally, the role of communication in diverse teams)

Loosely committed chapters

  • Internationalization of board directors – determinants and consequences
  • Theory and Practice: Breaking the bamboo ceiling. How culturally diverse leaders in multicultural nations succeed.

Call for chapter proposals (academic):

  • The myth of meritocracy – leveling the playing field and the playing field
  • Application of management theories such as social identification to explain the determinants and consequences of diversity on teams with a leadership role
  • Unconscious biases that impede optimal diversity in teams and organizations
  • Possible biases in performance evaluation in corporate and other organizations.
  • Do minority CEOs face a differential trust by financial analysts?
  • Does board diversity affect management and analyst forecasts?
  • The role of status and power among members of the board of directors and other teams and how it could interact with diversity and equity issues
  • Culture and diversity – Example: Diversity issues in China vs. diversity issues in the west
  • Minorities and capital allocation: Capital availability and cost of capital differences in the context of diversity – whether the diversity in the board or the top executive team or having a minority CEO affect capital allocation?
  • Diversity and entrepreneurship; diversity and innovation
  • Differences in diversity between government, non-profit organizations, and corporations and how this affects decision making
  • Interaction between personal characteristics of decision-makers and diversity --for instance, does CEO overconfidence manifest itself differently between male and female CEOs or CEOs belonging to different ethnic groups?

Special topics in diversity

  • Equity in information technology and social media: Programmed inequity – Algorithm asymmetry
  • Neurodiversity
  • Any other topic of interest related to DEI

The practice of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Loosely committed chapters

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Asia Pacific in the accounting profession. Recommendations/ Selective best practices
  • A case study on health equity

Call for chapter proposals (practice)

  • Implementation in a government agency such as the National Institutes of Health
  • Implementation in educational and research settings – university, schools
  • Implementation in corporate settings
  • How to tide over backlash against DEI initiatives (Examples below)
    • Critical Race Theory
    • Asian Americans and affirmative action. Data and attitudes
  • Allies and Accomplices – How and when dominant group members participate in equity efforts

Individual case histories

Call for chapters on

  • Individual struggles faced by individuals belonging to minority groups (autobiographical) in corporate, government (example: military), and social settings
  • Case studies (biographical) of individuals who have struggled and overcome (or succumbed) to biases in corporate, government, and social settings

Noteworthy Dates:

Please submit the title, and a small 100-200 word abstract to Bin Srinidhi – by April 2, 2022. Please indicate if it is meant for the academic part, or practice part, or Individual Case Histories part

May 01, 2022: Feedback to authors

August 15, 2022: Draft articles are due. Expectation: About 15 pages or more of typed text (double spaced) excluding references, Tables, Figures, Appendices, Graphs, etc.

September 15, 2022 Feedback to authors

October 31, 2022: Final draft deadline

December 31, 2022: The draft book with all the articles will be submitted to the Publisher

The final publication date will be in early 2023 - the exact date depends on the publisher.

Formatting details:

Formatting guidelines: (Specified by the editor, not the publisher) [Following the Chicago Style manual ]


In-text citations are made using an author-date format. Cited works must correspond to the works

listed in the “References” section. Authors should make an effort to include the relevant page numbers in

the in-text citations.

  1. In the text, works are cited as follows: author’s last name and year, without comma, in parentheses.

For example: one author, (Berry 2003); two authors, (Fehr and Schmidt 2003); three to five

authors, (Scholes, Wolfson, Erickson, Maydew, and Shevlin 2008); six or more authors, (Dikolli

et al. 2013); more than one work cited, (Cole and Yakushiji 1984; Dechow, Sloan, and Sweeney

1995; Levitt 1998); with two works by the same author(s), (Nelson 2003, 2005).

  1. When the author’s name is mentioned in the text, it need not be repeated in the citation. For

example: “Cohen et al. (2005) provide …”

  1. Authors should cite themselves, in the third person, as though they would any work that is cited

in the text.

  1. For repeated citations of works that have three or more authors, use only the first author’s last

name followed by “et al.” (et is not followed by a period): first citation, Dechow, Kothari, and

Watts (1998); subsequent citations, Dechow et al. (1998).

  1. Unless confusion would result, do not use “p.” or “pp.” before page numbers. For example, (Dechow

and Dichev 2002, 41–42).

  1. When the reference list contains two or more works by the same author (the only author or first of

two or more authors) published in the same year, the suffix a, b, etc., is appended to the date in

both the in-text citations and in the “References” section. For example, (Johansson 2004a, 2004b,

2004c; Baiman and Rajan 2002a, 2002b; Dhaliwal, Erickson, and Li 2005a; Dhaliwal, Krull, Li,

and Moser 2005b).

  1. First initials of same-surname authors are added to the first citation of the work to conform to AAA

standard style, e.g., P. Podsakoff, MacKenzie, Lee, and N. Podsakoff (2003).

  1. Citations to institutional works should use acronyms or short titles where practicable. For example:

(NCFFR, The Treadway Commission 1987).

  1. If the paper refers to statutes, legal treatises, or court cases, citations acceptable in law reviews,

such as the Harvard Law Review, should be used.

Reference List

Every manuscript must include a “References” section that contains only those works cited within

the text. Each entry should contain all information necessary for unambiguous identification of the

published work. Use the following formats (which generally follow The Chicago Manual of Style):

  1. Arrange citations in alphabetical order according to the family name of the first author or the name

of the institution or body responsible for the published work.

  1. Use authors’ initials instead of proper names.

  2. For two or more authors, separate authors with a comma, including a comma before “and”

(Dechow, P. M., R. Sloan, and A. Sweeney).

  1. Date of publication follows the name(s) or author(s).

  2. Titles of journals or newspapers are not to be abbreviated.

  3. For resource materials that were only available online and are now no longer available, please

include a “last accessed” date as a parenthetical note appended to the end of the URL.