Work and Family
An International Research Perspective
Edited by Steven A.Y. Poelmans
Psychology Press – 2005 – 376 pages
Series: Applied Psychology Series
The entrance of women into managerial positions in significant numbers brings work and family issues to center stage, shifting the spotlight from issues of entry and equality of access to the consideration of the work-family conflicts and the difficulties posed on female managers. Looking at new approaches to enhance the work-family interface individually and in the firm, Work and Family: An International Research Perspective:
*provides an overview on the antecedents of work-family conflict and the major consequences of work-family conflict, for well-being, productivity, and the strength of the relationship with the firm;
*discusses the migrant's work and family experiences in terms of the demands, opportunities, and constraints they face and the role of work-family culture in reconciling the demands of work and family in organizations;
*presents descriptive data concerning the linkages between work-family pressure and several known correlates and the differences in reported levels of each of these variables;
*explores the work-life balance challenges and opportunities created by global assignments;
*examines the work-family interface of the Western model and urban sub-saharan Africa;
*emphasizes the importance of organizational change to the dynamics of work-family policies; and
*highlights the progress in moving the field toward an open-systems perspective.
Written by well-known contributors, this book offers international research in order to test the models mostly developed in the United States. In addition, it develops new models to capture the complexity and diversity of work-family experiences around the globe and explores cross-cultural topics.
"…this book meets many of its ambitious goals. It focuses on the work side of work-life issues and emphasizes work-life balance, coping, and enrichment in addition to work-life conflict. The volume offers a strong collection of studies that will help scholars stay current in a rapidly growing field."
—Administrative Science Quarterly
"There are few books…that address the international and cross-cultural issues of work and family. Work and Family: An International Research Perspective is one such book that brings together research on work and family from a wide range of countries. This book makes unique contributions to the study of work and family. The real strength of the book is the chapters that provide direction for future use….an excellent beginning for a discussion of the issues of work and family around the world."
"The book enlightens the research community and informs the public debates on how workplaces can be made more family sensitive…"
" 'Work and Life Integration' addresses the intersect between work, life, and family in new and interesting ways. It discusses current challenges in dealing with work-life integration issues and sets the stage for future research agendas."
"This collection looks at new approaches for enhancing the work family interface individually and in the firm. The contributors include top experts from 20 different countries over five continents."
Contents: J.N. Cleveland, E.A. Fleishman, Series Foreword. V.E. Schein, Foreword. S. Poelmans, Editorial Introduction. Part I:Individual-International Perspective. S. Poelmans, M. O'Driscoll, B. Beham, An Overview of International Research on the Work-Family Interface. E.E. Kossek, D. Meece, M.E. Barratt, B.E. Prince, U.S. Latino Migrant Farm Workers: Managing Acculturative Stress and Conserving Work-Family Resources. P.E. Spector, T.D. Allen, S. Poelmans, C.L. Cooper, P. Bernin, P. Hart, L. Lu, K. Miller, L.R. de Moraes, G.M. Ostrognay, H. Pitariu, V. Salamatov, J. Salgado, J.I. Sanchez, O.L. Siu, M. Teichmann, T. Theorell, P. Vlerick, M. Widerszal-Bazyl, S. Yu, An International Comparative Study of Work-Family Stress and Occupational Strain. Part II:Organizational-International Perspective. U. Kinnunen, S. Mauno, S. Geurts, J. Dikkers, Work-Family Culture in Organizations: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches. P. Caligiuri, M. Lazarova, Work-Life Balance and the Effective Management of Global Assignees. J.S.E. Dikkers, L. den Dulk, S.A.E. Geurts, B. Peper, Work-Nonwork Culture, Utilization of Work-Nonwork Arrangements, and Employee-Related Outcomes in Two Dutch Organizations. W.R. Poster, Organizational Change, Globalization, and Work-Family Programs: Case Studies From India and the United States. L. den Dulk, Workplace Work-Family Arrangements: A Study and Explanatory Framework of Differences Between Organizational Provisions in Different Welfare States. Part III:Cross-Cultural Perspective. M. Westman, Cross-Cultural Differences in Crossover Research. S. Aryee, The Work-Family Interface in Urban Sub-Saharan Africa: A Theoretical Analysis. N. Yang, Individualism--Collectivism and Work-Family Interfaces: A Sino-U.S. Comparison. M.A. Shaffer, J.R.W. Joplin, A.M. Francesco, T. Lau, Easing the Pain: A Cross-Cultural Study of Support Resources and Their Influence on Work-Family Conflict. Part IV:Case Studies. N. Chinchilla, S. Poelmans, Case Study 1: Emigration to Mexico: Promotion and the Dual-Career Couple. B. Beham, S. Poelmans, Instructor's Manual for Case Study 1. S. Poelmans, W. de Waal-Andrews, Case Study 2: Launching Flexible Work Arrangements within Procter & Gamble EMEA. B. Beham, S. Poelmans, Instructor's Manual for Case Study 2. Part V:Conclusions and Recommendations for Future Research. R.S. Bhagat, B.C. Krishnan, Methodological Issues in Work-Family Research in an Era of Globalization. M.J. Gelfand, A.P. Knight, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Work-Family Conflict. J.M. Bowes, Emphasizing the Family in Work-Family Research: A Review of Current Research and Recommendations for Future Directions. S. Poelmans, Organizational Research on Work and Family: Recommendations for Future Research. R. Rapoport, S. Lewis, L. Bailyn, R. Gambles, Epilogue: Globalization and the Integration of Work With Personal Life.