Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 145–154 | Cite as

Work-Family Conflict: A Virtue Ethics Analysis

  • Marc C. Marchese
  • Gregory Bassham
  • Jack Ryan


Work-family conflict has been examined quite often in human resources management and industrial/organizational psychology literature. Numerous statistics show that the magnitude of this employment issue will continue to grow. As employees attempt to balance work demands and family responsibilities, organizations will have to decide to what extent they will go to minimize this conflict. Research has identified numerous negative consequences of work-family stressors for organizations, for employees and for employees' families. There are however many options to reduce this strain, each with advantages and disadvantages. An ethical analysis, from a virtue ethics perspective, is applied to this timely issue to present an alternative view in addressing this critical business decision. In addition, a strong connection between the virtue ethics analysis and a well-known management theory is given to provide a foundation for managerial implications for resolving work-family conflict.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc C. Marchese
    • 1
  • Gregory Bassham
    • 2
  • Jack Ryan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Human Resources ManagementKing's CollegeWilkes-BarreUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyKing's CollegeWilkes-BarreUSA
  3. 3.Department of Business & ManagementKing's CollegeWilkes-BarreUSA

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