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Handbook of Research on Work–Life Balance in Asia
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Handbook of Research on Work–Life Balance in Asia

9781783475087 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Luo Lu, Distinguished Professor, Department of Business Administration, National Taiwan University, Taiwan and Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK
Publication Date: 2015 ISBN: 978 1 78347 508 7 Extent: 352 pp
In Asian societies, work and family issues are only recently beginning to gain attention. The pressure of rapid social change and increasing global competition is compounded by the long hours work culture, especially in the Pan-Confucian societies such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. Furthermore, with the rising female labor participation, more and more Asian employees are now caught between the demands of work and family life.

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In Asian societies, work and family issues are only recently beginning to gain attention. The pressure of rapid social change and increasing global competition is compounded by the long hours work culture, especially in the Pan-Confucian societies such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. Furthermore, with the rising female labor participation, more and more Asian employees are now caught between the demands of work and family life.

The aim of this Handbook is, thus, to shed new light on work–life balance in Asia by adopting a distinct Asian perspective in theory, research and practice. It provides a state-of-the-art collection of evidence from studies, and empirical research, to explain why and how work and family interference arises and affects well-being for Asian adults; and further address the topics through both a mono-cultural and cross-cultural analysis, with the help of expert contributors in the field.

Students and scholars will find the comprehensive and updated review of empirical evidence useful in their research. The book also provides a thoughtful reflection on governmental and organizational family-friendly practices in major Asian societies, which will be of interest to practitioners in the field of management, business and investing.



Critical Acclaim
‘With the rapid growth of Asian economies and growing work, family and personal life demands, this book addresses a critical topic. The well-being of societies, families and workers is of increasing social and economic importance. The book will be a valuable addition for anyone who wants to understand the similarities and differences in how work-life dynamics are unfolding across Asia.’
– Ellen Ernst Kossek, Purdue University, Krannert School of Management, US

‘Through its focus on work–life balance in Asian societies this much needed collection, edited by Luo Lu and Cary L. Cooper, addresses a significant omission in the field. Since the 1980s, research on the balance between employment and family commitments has grown massively. Yet most studies are based on Euro-American samples. The Handbook of Research on Work–Life Balance in Asia shifts this emphasis on Europe and the USA, mapping how work–life balance is negotiated within Asian societies such as China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam. It offers state-of-the-art views on how work–life balance in Asia is experienced from a range of angles: individual, organizational and societal. In so doing, it contributes important new perspectives to the work–life balance field.’
– Caroline Gatrell, Lancaster University Management School, UK
Contributors
Contributors: P. Brough, D.E. Caughlin, C.-L. Chang, F.M. Cheung, E. Cho, C.L. Cooper, T. Kalliath, C.-W. Koh, Y. Li, H. Liu, C.-q. Lu, J. Lu, L. Lu, N.D. Mohd Mahudin, N.M. Noor, M. O'Driscoll, A. Shimazu, O.-L. Siu, J. Sun, H.-L.S. Tien, C. Timms, J.F. Uen, Y.-C. Wang, J.-M. Woo, T. Wu, X.-m. Xu

Contents
Contents:

1. Introduction
Cary, L. Cooper

PART I: NEGOTIATING WORK-LIFE BALANCE AT THE INDIVIDUAL- AND FAMILIAL-LEVEL: THE ASIAN PERSPECTIVE
2. “I Love my Work, but I Love my Family More”-Testing a Cultural Theory of Work and Family in Taiwan
Luo Lu

3. Work-family Conflicts and Coping Strategies in Asia
Hsiu-Lan Shelley Tien and Yu-Chen Wang

4. Heavy Work Investment and Work-family Balance Among Japanese Dual-earner Couples
Akihito Shimazu

5. Crossover Effects in Work-family Interface Between Chinese Dual-earner Couples
Huimin Liu and Fanny M. Cheung

6. A Closer Look at Work-family Conflict: The Early Childrearing Experience of Dual-earner Couples in Urban China
Jiafang Lu

7. Work-home Interference and Employees’ Well-being and Performance: The Moderating Role of Chinese Work Value
Chang-qin Lu, Xiao-min Xu, and David E. Caughlin

8. Relationships among Work-family Conflict, Gender Role Attitude and Job Burnout
Yuan Li and Jianmin Sun

PART II: NEGOTIATING WORK-LIFE BALANCE AT THE ORGANIZATIONAL AND SOCIETAL LEVELS: THE ASIAN PERSPECTIVE
9. Generational Differences in Work-life Balance Values in Asia: The Case of the Greater China Region Workers
Ting Wu and Jin Feng Uen

10. Research on Family-friendly Employment Policies and Practices in Hong Kong: Implications for Work-family Interface
Oi-Ling Siu

11. Work-life Balance Policies in Malaysia: Theory and Practice
Noraini M. Noor and Nor Diana Mohd Mahudin

12. The Policies to Support Work-life Balance and the Impact of Work Stress on the Family Life among Emotional Labourers in Korea
Jong-Min Woo

PART III: NEGOTIATING WORK-LIFE BALANCE: THE CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
13. Comparative Analysis of Work Life Balance Policies and Work Practices in Taiwan and Japan
Chiu-Lan Chang

14. Governmental Interventions and Social Re-engineering to Facilitate Work-life Balance: Singapore and South Korea
Eunae Cho and Chee-Wee Koh

15. Cross-cultural Impact of Work-life Balance on Health and Work Outcomes
Carolyn Timms, Paula Brough, Oi Ling Siu, Michael O'Driscoll and Thomas Kalliath

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