Creating Balance?

International Perspectives on the Work-Life Integration of Professionals

  • Stephan Kaiser
  • Max Josef Ringlstetter
  • Doris Ruth Eikhof
  • Miguel Pina e Cunha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Perspectives on the Work-Life Integration of Professionals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cornelia U. Reindl, Stephan Kaiser, Martin L. Stolz
      Pages 3-26
    3. Johanna Rantanen, Ulla Kinnunen, Saija Mauno, Kati Tillemann
      Pages 27-46
    4. J. Lee Whittington, Rosemary Maellaro, Timothy Galpin
      Pages 65-77
  3. Antecedents and Consequences Related to Professionals’ Work-Life Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Jesse S. Michel, Malissa A. Clark
      Pages 81-99
    3. Ronald J. Burke, Lisa Fiksenbaum, Ghada El-Kot, Mustafa Koyuncu, Weng Jing
      Pages 101-119
    4. Ann Chunyan Peng, Remus Ilies, Nikos Dimotakis
      Pages 121-140
  4. Mothers, Fathers, and Couples: Challenging Conventional Wisdom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Jamie J. Ladge, Danna Greenberg, Judith A. Clair
      Pages 143-155
    3. Simon Burnett, Caroline Gatrell, Cary Cooper, Paul Sparrow
      Pages 157-171
    4. Andrea E. Abele, Judith Volmer
      Pages 173-189
  5. Corporate Strategies Facilitating Work-Life Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. E. Jeffrey Hill, Sarah June Carroll, Blake L. Jones, Lydia A. Buswell, Tamara A. Fackrell, Adam M. Galovan
      Pages 209-223
  6. Boundary Issues of Professionals’ Work-Life Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Jeff Hyman, Chris Baldry
      Pages 253-268
    3. Helene Mayerhofer, Barbara Müller, Angelika Schmidt
      Pages 285-302
    4. Deirdre Anderson, Clare Kelliher
      Pages 303-315
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-328

About this book


A satisfactory and healthy integration of work with other life domains is one of the key challenges of modern society. Work-life balance and work-life integration have become focal points of today’s human resource management practice and theory. Professionals who have been described as “extreme workers” regarding their work hours and engagement are under particular pressure to balance work and ”the rest of life”.

This collection maps the increasingly extensive discussion of work-life issues for professionals and discusses key aspects in depth. What is work-life integration? What are the specific challenges for professionals? How do they manage their blurred work-life boundaries? How can companies intervene? Internationally leading authors discuss antecedents and individual and organizational outcomes of work-life integration, gender-specific perspectives and challenges as well as the use and usefulness of corporate work-life balance initiatives. In five sections distinguished researchers from across the world present experiences and research findings to provide a compendium of academic and applied research on the work-life integration of professionals. Cutting-edge research and novel theoretical perspectives make this collection a source of knowledge and inspiration for academic and business audiences interested in work-life integration issues in general and in the case of professionals in particular.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stephan Kaiser
    • 1
  • Max Josef Ringlstetter
    • 2
  • Doris Ruth Eikhof
    • 3
  • Miguel Pina e Cunha
    • 4
  1. 1.Universität der Bundeswehr MünchenNeubibergGermany
  2. 2.Katholische Universität Eichstätt-IngolsIngolstadtGermany
  3. 3., Institute for Socio-ManagementStirling Management SchoolStirlingUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.University Nova of LisboaLisboaPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-16198-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-16199-5
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