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Friday Seminar 1
Work–Life Balance: Good Research, Good Practice


Jeffrey H. Greenhaus
Drexel University

Tammy D. Allen
University of South Florida

An increasing participation of dual-earner partners and single parents in the work force, a blurring of gender roles, and a shift in employee values toward greater life balance have encouraged researchers to examine the interdependencies between work and family roles and have required many employers to become more supportive of their employees’ lives outside of work. Despite significant insights regarding the work–family interface that have emerged in the literature over the past 25 years, the continued development of theory and practice requires more extensive communication and collaboration between individuals who develop and test theory and those who design, implement, and evaluate employer work–life practices. Through presentations and small group discussions, participants in the seminar will examine the most recent trends, research, and practices regarding work–life balance and develop a strategy to promote more extensive collaboration between academic researchers and practitioners so that research better informs practice and practice provides opportunities for better research.
Learning objectives:
The seminar will help participants to:


  • Distinguish dominant work–family concepts such as work–family conflict, work–family enrichment, and work–family balance
  • Identify the antecedents and outcomes of conflict, enrichment, and balance for individuals and organizations
  • Assess the research on the effectiveness of organizational work–life practices
  • Discover the type of research that practitioners find most helpful to improve work–life practices and the applied settings that academics find most helpful to conduct innovative research 
  • Develop an action plan for achieving greater collaboration between academics and practitioners      

Jeffrey H. Greenhaus is professor and William A. Mackie Chair in the Department of Management at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. A Fellow of SIOP and APS, Jeff’s research on work–family relationships and career dynamics has been published in many of the field’s leading journals. In addition, Jeff is coauthor of Career Management (Thomson Learning), now in its third edition, and Work and Family—Allies or Enemies (Oxford). He has also coedited Integrating Work and Family: Challenges and Choices for a Changing World (Quorum) and the Encyclopedia of Career Development (Sage). He serves on the editorial review boards of Human Relations, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Personnel Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 

Tammy D. Allen is professor of psychology at the University of South Florida. Her major research interests center on work and family interactions, mentoring relationships, and organizational citizenship behavior. Her work has been published in a wide variety of outlets including Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Vocational Behavior. Tammy is coeditor of the Handbook of Mentoring Relationships: A Multiple Perspectives Approach (Blackwell). She is currently associate editor for Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and incoming associate editor for Journal of Applied Psychology.

Coordinator: Bennett Tepper, Georgia State University


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