Methodological issues in work-family research in an era of globalization


Methodological issues for improving the robustness of work-family research are reviewed. Special attention is given to the complexities of understanding relative demarcation of work and nonwork (family) boundaries, as globalization spreads rapidly in different parts of the world. Four issues are examined in depth, and a framework is proposed for understanding the contrasting perspectives of various research methods. These methods are to be undertaken at different stages of research to understand the interactions between work and family. It is argued that the methods are equally important, and their employment should be carefully monitored at different stages of the research project. Recent trends in demographic shifts in the West are reviewed, and their research implications for work-family research are discussed.

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Work and Family: An International Research Perspective