Work and family expectations of the future managers and professionals of Canada and China

Nailin Bu (School of Business, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Carol A. McKeen (School of Business, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

This study investigates the work‐family expectations of the next generation Canadian and Chinese managers and professionals. Three hundred and seventy‐four Canadian and Chinese business students of both sexes were surveyed about their expectations about their own and their spouse’s/partner’s future occupational and family roles. The data revealed that Chinese of both sexes attached greater value to their occupational role and would commit more time to it than Canadians. They also anticipated less difficulty balancing work and family. Men and women in both countries expected traditional gender roles in their future marriages with women performing more household tasks, being less well paid and having less prestigious jobs. Canadian women expected a larger decrease in time for paid work and a larger increase in time for household tasks than Canadian men did during the second five years after graduation, however this sex difference was non‐existent in China.

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Bu, N. and McKeen, C. (2000), "Work and family expectations of the future managers and professionals of Canada and China", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 15 No. 8, pp. 771-794. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683940010379341

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