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Flexible work arrangements and work-family conflict: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies among academics

Flexible work arrangements and work-family conflict: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies among academics
Flexible work arrangements and work-family conflict: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies among academics

Quantitative research has reported variable and inconsistent findings regarding the relationship between flexible work arrangements (FWA) and work–family conflict (WFC). In this article, we address this inconsistency through the lens of qualitative research. We synthesize the findings of 45 qualitative studies from a variety of disciplines that have explored work–family interface (WFI) among academics whose profession offers high levels of FWA by nature. Analyzing the findings of these qualitative studies, we developed six themes of which five could be translated to moderators of the relationship between FWA and WFC. These moderator variables are boundary management preferences, time management skills and approach, career/family stage, nature of an academic job, and workplace culture. Our findings have theoretical, methodological, and practical implications for work–family and human resource development (HRD) scholars and practitioners motivated to improve the quality of employees’ work–life through initiation of FWA interventions.

academics, flexible work arrangements, flexplace, flextime, work–family
1534-4843
314-336
Beigi, Mina
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Shirmohammadi, Melika
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Stewart, Jim
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Beigi, Mina
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Shirmohammadi, Melika
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Stewart, Jim
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Beigi, Mina, Shirmohammadi, Melika and Stewart, Jim (2018) Flexible work arrangements and work-family conflict: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies among academics. Human Resource Development Review, 17 (3), 314-336. (doi:10.1177/1534484318787628).

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Quantitative research has reported variable and inconsistent findings regarding the relationship between flexible work arrangements (FWA) and work–family conflict (WFC). In this article, we address this inconsistency through the lens of qualitative research. We synthesize the findings of 45 qualitative studies from a variety of disciplines that have explored work–family interface (WFI) among academics whose profession offers high levels of FWA by nature. Analyzing the findings of these qualitative studies, we developed six themes of which five could be translated to moderators of the relationship between FWA and WFC. These moderator variables are boundary management preferences, time management skills and approach, career/family stage, nature of an academic job, and workplace culture. Our findings have theoretical, methodological, and practical implications for work–family and human resource development (HRD) scholars and practitioners motivated to improve the quality of employees’ work–life through initiation of FWA interventions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 July 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 26 July 2018
Published date: 1 September 2018
Keywords: academics, flexible work arrangements, flexplace, flextime, work–family

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Local EPrints ID: 422338
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/422338
ISSN: 1534-4843
PURE UUID: d612afa0-fcf5-4b00-89b3-6e9df28ec7f4
ORCID for Mina Beigi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4866-7205

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Date deposited: 20 Jul 2018 16:31
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 05:22

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