Work, Families and Organisations in Transition

European Perspectives

Edited by Suzan Lewis, Julia Brannen, and Ann Nilsen

Work, Families and Organisations in Transition

Edited by Suzan Lewis, Julia Brannen, and Ann Nilsen

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9781847422200 Published July 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Across Europe the importance of reconciling paid work and family life is increasingly recognised by a range of diverse government regulations and organisational initiatives. At the same time, employing organisations and the nature of work are undergoing massive and rapid changes, in the context of global competition, efficiency drives, as well as social and economic transformations in emerging economies. "Work, families and organisations in transition" illustrates how workplace practices and policies impact on employees’ experiences of "work-life balance" in contemporary shifting contexts. Based upon cross-national case studies of public and private sector workplaces carried out in Bulgaria, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK, this innovative book demonstrates the challenges that parents face as they seek to negotiate work and family boundaries. The case studies demonstrate that employed parents’ needs and experiences depend on many layers of context - global, European, national, workplace and family. This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students of organisational psychology, sociology, management and business studies, human resource management, social policy, as well as employers, managers, trade unions and policy makers.
Work, family and organisations in transition: setting the context - Suzan Lewis, Julia Brannen and Ann Nilsen
Research design and methods: Doing comparative cross-national research - Julia Brannen, Ann Nilsen and Suzan Lewis


Working parenthood in a social services context: A UK case - Julia Brannen
Social service as human service, between loyalties: A Swedish case - Lars Plantin and Margareta Bäck-Wiklund
Organisational social capital and its role in the support of working parents: the case of a public social assistance agency in Bulgaria - Siyka Kovacheva


Old rights in new times: the experiences of parents in a Slovenian organisation - Nevenka Cernigoj Sadar
Work-life initiatives and organisational change in a UK private sector company: a transformational approach? - Suzan Lewis and Janet Smithson
Work-family policies in a contradictory culture: A Dutch financial sector corporation - Bram Peper, Laura den Dulk and Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes


Parents and organisational change: a cross-sector comparison of two Norwegian organisations  - Ann Nilsen, Sevil Sümer and Lise Granlund
Changing contexts, enduring roles? Working parents in Portuguese public and private sector organisations  - Maria das Dores Guerreiro, Pedro Abrantes and Inês Pereira
Comparing flexible working arrangements across organisational contexts - Ann Nilsen, Suzan Lewis and Julia Brannen
In conclusion - Julia Brannen, Suzan Lewis and Ann Nilsen
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