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A review of work-life balance studies: Definitions, constructs and theories
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is a review of the literatures on work-life balance study. It attempts to systematically review the key concepts, theories, constructs, methodologies and major findings of work-life balance study. Different theories are compared in their conceptualization, analytical power and contribution to work-life balance study. Cultural factors are discussed in the definition of key words and design of research. The current situation of work-life balance studies about China is discussed and the perception of work and family and their relations are examined in Chinese cultural context. Findings suggest that there is a lack of consistency in the definition of key concepts. Different theories differ in their explanatory power. It is also suggested by the literature that the factors that influence work-life balance issue are cultural specific and cultural factors should be taken into consideration in research design and data analysis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 29 p.
National Category
Work Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38318OAI: diva2:867459
Subject / course
Working Life Science - Master's thesis (one year) (15 ECTS credits)
Educational program
One Year Master in Working Life Science
Available from: 2015-11-10 Created: 2015-11-05 Last updated: 2015-11-10Bibliographically approved

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