Boundary management preferences from a gender and cross-cultural perspective

Allen, Tammy D. and Beham, Barbara and Ollier-Malaterre, Ariane and Baierl, Andreas and Alexandrova, Matilda and Artiawati, Artiawati and Beauregard, Alexandra and Carvalho, Vânia Sofia and Chambel, Maria José and Cho, Eunae and Silva, Bruna Coden da and Dawkins, Sarah and Escribano, Pablo Ignacio and Gudeta, Konjit Hailu and Huang, Ting-pang and Jaga, Ameeta and Kost, Dominique and Kurowska, Anna and Leon, Emmanuelle and Lewis, Suzan and Lu, Chang-qin and Martin, Angela and Morandin, Gabriele and Noboa, Fabrizio and Offer, Shira and Ohu, Eugene and Peters, Pascale and Rajadhyaksha, Ujvala and Russo, Marcello and Sohn, Young Woo and Straub, Caroline and Tammelin, Mia and Engen, Marloes Van and Waismel-Manor, Ronit (2023) Boundary management preferences from a gender and cross-cultural perspective. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 148. p. 103943. ISSN 0001-8791

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Although work is increasingly globalized and mediated by technology, little research has accu- mulated on the role of culture in shaping individuals' preferences regarding the segmentation or integration of their work and family roles. This study examines the relationships between gender egalitarianism (the extent a culture has a fluid understanding of gender roles and promotes gender equality), gender, and boundary management preferences across 27 countries/territories. Based on a sample of 9362 employees, we found that the pattern of the relationship between gender egalitarianism and boundary management depends on the direction of segmentation preferences. Individuals from more gender egalitarian societies reported lower preferences to segment family-from-work (i.e., protect the work role from the family role); however, gender egalitarianism was not directly associated with preferences to segment work-from-family. Moreover, gender was associated with both boundary management directions such that women preferred to segment family-from-work and work-from-family more so than did men. As theo- rized, we found gender egalitarianism moderated the relationship between gender and segmen- tation preferences such that women's desire to protect family from work was stronger in lower (vs. higher) gender egalitarianism cultures. Contrary to expectations, women reported a greater preference to protect work from family than men regardless of gender egalitarianism. Implica- tions for boundary management theory and the cross-national work-family literature are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boundary management; Cross-cultural; Work-family; Gender egalitarianism; Gende
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Psychology > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Ester Sri W. 196039
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2023 02:42
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2023 02:48

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