Executives’ Wives: their Changing Role and its Impact on Executives at Work and Home
Recently it has been suggested (Cooper and Marshall, 1978; Marshall and Cooper, 1978) that one of the major sources of managerial stress today can be found in the occupational and domestic role conflicts experienced by the executive and his wife. It has been argued that this is due in part to the changing role of women in society, especially to the greater opportunities for women to work and the concomitant changing conceptions of marriage. Although the UK has been slower to adopt equal opportunity legislation and to create the facilities in industry and elsewhere for women to take advantage of this legislation than the US, there is a definite change in the attitudes and behaviour among a growing group of younger-generation women. This is particularly beginning to have an impact on the individual manager, and indirectly on his organisation as well. This was evident from a large-scale study undertaken to assess the sources of managerial stress, and the purpose of this chapter is to provide the reader with a profile of the changing Executive Wife, based on extensive, in-depth interviews with a large sample of managers (in a large UK organisation) and their wives, and many other less formal observations of junior to senior managers and their wives in other British companies.6
KeywordsProtestant Work Ethic Career Woman Role Relationship Geographic Move Family Duty
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