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Family-friendly practices in the organization: a citation analysis

Shalini Garg (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India)
Punam Agrawal (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 30 March 2020

Issue publication date: 24 June 2020




The objective of the study is to identify the themes of “family friendly practices” and to perform a literature review. The research aims to identify the emerging trends in the area of “family friendly practices” by carrying out an exhaustive literature review.


The study synthesizes the literature between the years 2010 and 2019. First of all, 150 research articles were identified by keyword search, bibliography and citation search, out of which 57 research articles were selected on the basis of the most sound theoretical background and maximum literature contribution. The citation analysis method was performed on these studies in order to study the journals, authors by using Google Scholar, ResearchGate, the international database Science Citation Index and SCImago Journal Ranking.


The author citation count shows that the research topic is still getting recognition and the research in this area is increasing. The finding of the research is that the current research in family-friendly practices has focused mainly on seven topics: availability and usability of family-friendly policy, job satisfaction, organizational performance, supervisor or manager support, work–life conflict, employee turnover employee retention and women’s employment.


The study may provide valuable inputs to the HRD practitioners, managers, research scholars, to understand the recent trends in the field of family-friendly policy. As per the best knowledge of the author, this is the first study on family-friendly practices using citation analysis.



Garg, S. and Agrawal, P. (2020), "Family-friendly practices in the organization: a citation analysis", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 40 No. 7/8, pp. 559-573.



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