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When work keeps us apart: a thematic analysis of the experience of business travellers

Nicholas, H and McDowall, A (2012) When work keeps us apart: a thematic analysis of the experience of business travellers Community, Work & Family, 15 (3). 335 - 355. ISSN 1366-8803

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Abstract

Whilst business travel is deemed important for organizational success and economic outcomes, little is known about the actual process of business travelling from the perspective of individuals who undertake such travel on a regular basis. Thus the current qualitative study examined how business travellers (three women and eight men) attempt to find a balance between work and family, by focusing on how time together and time apart are experienced. The results can be interpreted and framed within work/family border theory in that business travellers’ borders are less defined and less permeable, thus requiring them to border-cross more frequently. This necessitates a process of negotiation with key border-keepers (their spouse/partner). Business travellers also undertake compensatory behaviours to make up for their time away from family. In order to find a work/family balance they go through a process of adapting, negotiating and tailoring their lives around their work commitments to alleviate work-life conflict.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Nicholas H, McDowall A (2012). When work keeps us apart: a thematic analysis of the experience of business travellers. Community, Work & Family 15(3):335-355. Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ccwf20/15/3
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2012 16:01
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/725605

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