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The impact of individual and organizational characteristics on work‐family conflict and career outcomes

The impact of individual and organizational characteristics on work‐family conflict and career... Purpose – This paper aims to examine the dynamics of individual and organizational characteristics in work‐family conflict (WFC) and career outcomes. It aims to consider the role of self‐esteem, career management and multiple life role commitment, and, as individual characteristics, on WFC and career outcomes; it also seeks to consider the role of career encouragement and organizational culture, as organizational characteristics, on WFC and career outcomes. Design/methodology/approach – The research was carried out in a sample of 399 females at different levels of management in Greek organizations. The hypotheses were tested using structural equation modeling. Findings – The findings show that both individual and organizational characteristics are significant in determining WFC and career outcomes. No relationship is found between WFC and career outcomes. Overall, the results support the depletion theory. Research limitations/implications – Limitations of this study are: the complexity of the model, the use of cross‐sectional data in causal modeling that makes it difficult to disentangle the directions of paths, and the use of only self‐report survey data. Research in progress addresses these issues by incorporating qualitative data collected from a sub‐sample of managers. Practical implications – The paper highlights the outcomes of the choices women make in the work and non‐work domains in order to balance the demands of each. Originality/value – The paper highlights that WFC is considered both as an outcome and as a mediator in the relationship between individual and organizational characteristics and career outcomes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Managerial Psychology Emerald Publishing

The impact of individual and organizational characteristics on work‐family conflict and career outcomes

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0268-3946
DOI
10.1108/02683940810884540
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to examine the dynamics of individual and organizational characteristics in work‐family conflict (WFC) and career outcomes. It aims to consider the role of self‐esteem, career management and multiple life role commitment, and, as individual characteristics, on WFC and career outcomes; it also seeks to consider the role of career encouragement and organizational culture, as organizational characteristics, on WFC and career outcomes. Design/methodology/approach – The research was carried out in a sample of 399 females at different levels of management in Greek organizations. The hypotheses were tested using structural equation modeling. Findings – The findings show that both individual and organizational characteristics are significant in determining WFC and career outcomes. No relationship is found between WFC and career outcomes. Overall, the results support the depletion theory. Research limitations/implications – Limitations of this study are: the complexity of the model, the use of cross‐sectional data in causal modeling that makes it difficult to disentangle the directions of paths, and the use of only self‐report survey data. Research in progress addresses these issues by incorporating qualitative data collected from a sub‐sample of managers. Practical implications – The paper highlights the outcomes of the choices women make in the work and non‐work domains in order to balance the demands of each. Originality/value – The paper highlights that WFC is considered both as an outcome and as a mediator in the relationship between individual and organizational characteristics and career outcomes.

Journal

Journal of Managerial PsychologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 27, 2008

Keywords: Family; Conflict management; Career development; Organizational culture; Women

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