Event Title

Do positive and negative aspects of the work-family interface vary across cities in India?

Author/ Authors/ Presenter/ Presenters/ Panelists:

Ujvala Rajadhyaksha, Governors State UniversityFollow

Start Date

4-12-2019 12:30 PM

End Date

4-12-2019 1:30 PM

Abstract

Previous research has shown that context matters when it comes to examining the relationship between gender and the work-family interface. For instance, in a recent cross-cultural study of the work-family interface, Rajadhyaksha (2017) found that in countries with high gender equity, women with more egalitarian gender role attitudes experienced higher positive work-family spillover compared to egalitarian men. By contrast, in countries with low gender equity, women with traditional gender role attitudes experienced higher positive work-family spillover as compared to men with similar attitudes. This study conducts a similar exploration of the relationship between the work-family interface and gender, gender egalitarianism and context, except at the intra-country rather than cross-country level, using data gathered from 300+ working men and women from six different cities in India. The Indian context has seen the emergence of many urban centers along with a rise in working women in the organized workforce. This has resulted in marked regional socio-economic differences, especially when it comes to safety of women and attitudes towards working women. Cities will be ranked based on their safety score as made available in the 2018 Ease of Living index of Indian cities. Multivariate analyses will be used to explore for interactions between gender, gender egalitarianism and positive and negative aspects of the work-family interface. Results are expected to be significant, and of interest to work-family practitioners, HR professionals as well as to urban city planners looking to improve quality of life of working persons in India and in similar emerging market economies.

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2018-2019 University Research Grant for the study: International Study of Work and Family.

College of Business Faculty-Mini Grant.

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Do positive and negative aspects of the work-family interface vary across cities in India?

Previous research has shown that context matters when it comes to examining the relationship between gender and the work-family interface. For instance, in a recent cross-cultural study of the work-family interface, Rajadhyaksha (2017) found that in countries with high gender equity, women with more egalitarian gender role attitudes experienced higher positive work-family spillover compared to egalitarian men. By contrast, in countries with low gender equity, women with traditional gender role attitudes experienced higher positive work-family spillover as compared to men with similar attitudes. This study conducts a similar exploration of the relationship between the work-family interface and gender, gender egalitarianism and context, except at the intra-country rather than cross-country level, using data gathered from 300+ working men and women from six different cities in India. The Indian context has seen the emergence of many urban centers along with a rise in working women in the organized workforce. This has resulted in marked regional socio-economic differences, especially when it comes to safety of women and attitudes towards working women. Cities will be ranked based on their safety score as made available in the 2018 Ease of Living index of Indian cities. Multivariate analyses will be used to explore for interactions between gender, gender egalitarianism and positive and negative aspects of the work-family interface. Results are expected to be significant, and of interest to work-family practitioners, HR professionals as well as to urban city planners looking to improve quality of life of working persons in India and in similar emerging market economies.