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Work-family studies in the tourism and hospitality contexts

Xinyuan (Roy) Zhao (Business School, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 14 November 2016




This review aims to summarize previous research on work–family relationships in the tourism and hospitality contexts. It then integrates the various approaches into a holistic model and identifies important areas for future research.


Over 150 research papers from the past 20 years were retrieved from Elsevier Science Direct, SAGE, Emerald, Taylor & Francis and EBSCOHost. In total, 77 papers reporting empirical research were analyzed in terms of concepts, theories, antecedents, consequences and methods.


The major findings on work and family issues in the tourism and hospitality contexts were synthesized. Critical topics for future research were identified. A holistic model of the factors that affect work and family was developed to improve the consistency of future research.

Research limitations/implications

An overview of work–family studies will provide a solid research background to tourism and hospitality faculty members and graduate students who are considering research in this area. This paper is a general review of previous research, and the review focus is relatively global.


This paper is the first comprehensive summary and narrative review of work and family studies in tourism and hospitality.



The authors are grateful for the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71102097), Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (2014A030313177) and China Scholarship Council (201406385055).


Zhao, X.(R). (2016), "Work-family studies in the tourism and hospitality contexts", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 28 No. 11, pp. 2422-2445.



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