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Global careers: Work‐life issues and the adjustment of women international managers

Hilary Harris (Centre for Research into the Management of Expatriation, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, UK)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



This paper argues that both the impact of gender and work‐family conflict itself are likely to increase in international working scenarios, which may involve the physical relocation of the entire family. In such cases, the boundaries between work and home become blurred due to the involvement of the whole family and there is often disruption of traditional family roles, causing increasing stress. Work demands are also likely to increase for the female expatriate due to the combined effect of role and culture novelty, thus enhancing the possibility of work‐family conflict. The impact of gender role theory is apparent in three key areas: work, partner and family.



Harris, H. (2004), "Global careers: Work‐life issues and the adjustment of women international managers", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 23 No. 9, pp. 818-832.



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