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    The meanings of work-life balance: a cultural perspective

    Lewis, S. and Beauregard, T. Alexandra (2018) The meanings of work-life balance: a cultural perspective. In: Shockley, K. and Shen, W. and Johnson, R. (eds.) The Cambridge handbook of the global work-family interface. Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 720-732. ISBN 9781108235556.

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    The purpose of this chapter is to reflect on the often contested meanings and understandings of WLB in a range of contexts, drawing on and integrating two streams of literature: work-family interface research and critical management and organizational studies. First, we provide an overview of the term ‘work-life balance’ and its contested definitions in the two literatures. We then theorize understandings of WLB as shaped by intersecting layers of context: global, national (noting diversity within as well as across national contexts), organizational, and temporal. Finally, we address gaps and limitations in extant research, and speak to questions about the future of work-life balance in an increasingly connected and globalized world.


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    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): work-life balance, work-family, family-friendly, flexible working
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Alexandra Beauregard
    Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2019 12:42
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:42


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