Women entrepreneurs and work-family conflict: an analysis of the antecedents

  • Sara PoggesiEmail author
  • Michela Mari
  • Luisa De Vita


Over the years, academic attention towards work-family conflict (WFC) issues has been constantly growing due to the socio-economic changes occurring in society. In line with this, great effort has been devoted to investigating WFC experienced by employees, while still almost untapped is the conversation with reference to women entrepreneurs. Moreover, the few studies that deal with women entrepreneurs’ WFC have mainly analysed its negative consequences rather than its predictors. Thus, this study aims to fill such research gap by analysing women entrepreneurs’ WFC antecedents. Based on the bidimensional conceptualization of WFC, distinguishing between work interference with family (WIF) and family interference with work (FIW), this study verifies an expanded model of the WFC which takes into consideration either the within-domain effects or the cross-domain effects of work and family stressors on WIF and FIW experienced by women entrepreneurs. In doing so, an analysis based on data from 669 women entrepreneurs has been conducted. Results show that both within-domain relationships and cross-domain relationships play a key role in explaining the WFC experienced by women entrepreneurs.


Work-family conflict (WFC) Work interference with family (WIF) Family interference with work (FIW) Antecedents Women entrepreneurs 


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  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsTor Vergata UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of Political Science, Sociology, CommunicationSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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