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Role of support in work–family interface among university faculty in India

Neena Gopalan (School of Business, University of Redlands, Redlands, California, USA)
Murugan Pattusamy (School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India)
Kamala Gollakota (School of Business, University of Redlands, Redlands, California, USA)

South Asian Journal of Business Studies

ISSN: 2398-628X

Article publication date: 2 July 2020

Issue publication date: 13 November 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

Numerous studies on Western samples exist on work–family conflict (WFC) and work–family enrichment (WFE). Generalizing such results to other cultures may lead to erroneous interpretations of results. The present study emphasizes the role of different types of support on both work–family conflict and enrichment among university faculty in India.

Design/methodology/approach

An online survey was administered to university faculty in India. Hierarchical regression analyses were used to test the hypotheses.

Findings

Results based on a sample of 199 university faculty in India indicated that supervisor and coworker support did not significantly reduce work–family conflict but increased work–family enrichment. The type of family support (instrumental versus emotional) had an impact, particularly on work-family enrichment.

Originality/value

Research on work–family dynamics in India is still in its nascent stage. This study attempted to address this gap by studying both conflict and enrichment dynamics in the family and work lives of university faculty in India.

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Citation

Gopalan, N., Pattusamy, M. and Gollakota, K. (2020), "Role of support in work–family interface among university faculty in India", South Asian Journal of Business Studies, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 323-338. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAJBS-11-2019-0211

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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