Workfamily Border Theory

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Work/Family Border Theory2

Relationship between work and family2

Work/Family Border Theory5

The Development of Work/Family Border Theory6



Central Concepts of Work/Family Border Theory8



Border-keepers and other domain members.16

The implication of Work/Family Border Theory20

Organizational tools for attaining balance between work and family.20

Individual tools for attaining balance between work and family.22

Directions for research.23

Criticism on Work/Family Border Theory24

Extended Concepts of Work/Family Border Theory27

Work/family border theory: the border-crosser domain.27

Work/family border theory: the work domain.27

Work/family border theory: the family domain.29

Work/family border theory and leisure.30

Work/family border theory and gender.32

Current researches on Work/Family Border Theory34


Work/Family Border Theory

Sue Cambell Clark, 2000

Work/Family Border Theory was put forward by Sue Cambell Clark in 2000. This theory suggests that people in daily life are border-crossers between realms of work place and family life. The theory explains how combination and subdivision of realms of work and family, border creation and controlling, involvement of border-crossers, and association between border-crossers and others at work place and home effect work/family balance.

Work and family systems, though different, are interconnected. According to earlier theories, the connection between work and family system is emotional and change on one side is effecting equally the second, side by side. But this theory suggests that the first hand relationship between work and family is human not emotional.Everyday people border crosses between two different worlds of work and family. These two worlds are shaped by the people, borders between...
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