Work family in the pursuit of happiness

Barcelona, July 1-2, 2019

8th International Conference of Work and Family

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the 8th International Conference of Work and Family. The Conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain and it is organized by the International Center for Work and Family of IESE Business School.

The International Center for Work and Family founded an academic forum in 2005 –the International Conference of Work and Family- to create a vision and to build theory, with special attention to the cross-cultural dimension and the application of theory in an organizational context. Speakers for the last conferences have included: Erin Kelly (MIT Management School), Kathleen E. Christensen (Sloan Foundation), Ellen Kossek (Purdue University), Tammy Allen (University of South Florida), Stephen Sweet (Ithaca College), Tim Hall (Boston University), Brad Harrington (Boston College), Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes (Boston College), Nancy Rothbard (Wharton) and Lisa Leslie (NYU Stern) among others.

The 8th bi-annual International Conference of Work & Family aims to focus on the role of Work-Family in the Pursuit of Happiness, as well as on employees’ needs, motivations and desires. We hope to explore new forms of flexibility, and how they relate to positive outcomes.

Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence tied the American national project to pursuing happiness. In fact, one could argue that we all are “happiness seekers”. Yet, not all of us are happy. The world happiness report of 2017  shows that the key antecedents to happiness are having someone to count on, generosity, a sense of freedom and lack of corruption. Thus, it seems, organizations have a lot to do and say to enable (and not to hinder) people happiness. Moreover, in 2017 Norway was 1st in its citizens’ level of happiness, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. Is it a coincidence that those countries rank high in work family friendliness as well?  All of the top four countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.

Evolutionary psychology sees the pursuit of happiness as a motivation for positive choices. Should organizations maximize collective and aggregate happiness? Does work Family Balance, Facilitation and/or Integration foster positive choices as well? Would that be sound business for organizations?

Finally, today’s world moves between two opposite extremes: On the one hand, a radical move towards capitalism insist in the need to make decisions exclusively guided by economic criteria; On the other hand, a new movement of populism insists in the need of putting aside ambition and achievements in the material world. Yet, we need to explore further how, and under what circumstances, work life polices, practices and culture enable happiness and contribute to economic growth.

The Conference will take place in July 1st and 2nd at IESE, in Barcelona (Spain). We welcome papers focused on the current and future transformations of work and family and their social and organizational implications, from a wide range of scientific perspectives: management, philosophy, empirical social sciences, law and regulation, and humanistic studies, among others.

We expect to contribute to building a new vision of work and family that places the centrality of the human being at the core of the definition and practice of organizations and societies.

If you are interested in participating, please submit a 800 word short-paper by March 1, 2019, through the electronic system available in this site. We will notify acceptance to the authors by April 1, 2019. Participants to the conference who have papers accepted should submit full-papers by May 15, 2019.

We especially encourage theoretical and innovative empirical papers, ethnographies, lab studies, as well as quantitative and qualitative analyses.

IESE is a dynamic community of scholars and practitioners that will welcome you to Barcelona, a traditional and welcoming Mediterranean city. It is a privileged city, with a great number of tourist attractions and a friendly atmosphere that will offer conference participants and their families plenty of opportunities to enjoy their stay here over and above the academic program we are preparing for you.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at IESE, in Barcelona!

See also the information on the 2nd ICWF – International Conference of Women and Leadership that will take place right after the 8th International Conference of Work and Family.

2nd ICWF International Conference of Women in Leadership



If you are a practitioner and would like to attend two keynote sessions and the social activity please see the information below:

Conference Fees


Monday, July 1st

08:30 ‐ 09:15 – Registration and welcome coffee

09:15 ‐ 09:45 – Welcome Addresses and Introduction (Q-103)

• Prof. Mireia las Heras

10:00 ‐ 11:15 – Track Sessions I (Rooms: U102 ‐ U109 + T307 + T305 SALAS: U102 ‐ U109 + T307 + T305)

11:30 ‐ 12:45 – Track Sessions II (Rooms: U102 ‐ U109 + T307 + Rooms: U102 ‐ U109 + T307 + T305)

13:00 ‐ 14:15 – Lunch (North Campus Dining room)

14:15 ‐ 15:30 – Meet the Authors (Q-103)

15:45 ‐ 16:15 – Coffee Break (Q-300)

16:15 – 17:30 – Track Sessions III (Rooms: U102 ‐ U109 + T307 + T305)


Tuesday, July 2nd

08:30 – 09:15 – Optional Track Sessions IV
(Q-103) (Rooms: U102-U109 + T307+T305)

09:30 – 10:00 – Coffee Break (Q-300)

10:00 – 11:15 – Work and Family Future Research (Rooms: U102 – U109 + T307 +T305)

11:30 – 12:45 – Work and family Future Research (Q-103)

13:00 – 14:15 – Lunch (North Campus Dining Room)

14:15 – 15:30 – Keynote Session I (Q-302)

• Yasin Rofcanin

15:45 – 17:00 – Keynote Session II (Q-302)

• Remus Illies

17:15 – Social Activity and Conference Dinner


Conference topics


Work Family and the pursuit of happiness: challenges


Work-Family and Global Work


International Research: the importance of context


Work-Family Enrichment


Work-Family and Leadership


Coping & Decision making


Work-Family Policies & Culture


Work Life and Women's Careers


Family Business Issues

Submission deadlines

Please follow these guidelines. Papers that are not prepared according to these instructions will NOT be reviewed.

Submission Guidelines

· The entire paper (title page, abstract, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be in ONE document.
· The maximum length of the paper is 800 words.
· Use Times New Roman 12-pitch font, double spaced, 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin all around and number all of the pages of the paper.
· Check that the paper prints correctly (i.e., all imported figures and tables appear), and ensure that the file is virus-free.
· After submitting your abstract you will receive a confirmation email. If you have any problem with this upload form, please contact us at or try to resubmit after a few minutes.
· NO changes in the paper title, abstract, authorship, and actual paper will be accepted AFTER each submission deadline.

March 1, 2019

Submit a 800 word short-paper

April 1, 2019

Notification of acceptance

May 15, 2019

Submission deadline for those whose paper are accepted

June 25, 2019

Registration deadline

For technical reasons you can only submit your proposals by email, for the moment.

Sorry for the inconvenience.



Registration fees

Early Bird (until may 15th)

Academics €450
Students €250
Practitioners (2 keynote sessions and the social activity) €160
Attending Both Academic Conferences €550
Attending both Academic Conference at Student's fee €300

Regular Fee (from May 16th to June 20th)

Late Academics €600
Late Students €400
Practitioners (2 keynote sessions and the social activity) €180
Attending Both Academic Conferences €700
Attending both Academic Conference at Student's fee €500

Dates and Location

Barcelona, July 2-3, 2019

IESE Barcelona
North Campus
C/Arnús i Garí, 3-7
08034 Barcelona
Tel.:+34 93 253 4200

How to get there


Sansi Pedralbes

(5 minutes walk from IESE)
Av. Pearson 1-3,
08034 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 206 38 80


Torre Girona Residence Halls

(10 minutes walk from IESE)
Passeig dels Til·lers, 19
08034 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 390 43 00


AC Victoria Suites

(15 minutes walk from IESE)
C/ Beltrán i Ròzpide, 7-9 (before Av. Pedralbes, 16)
08034 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 206 99 00


abba Garden Hotel

(20 minutes walk from IESE)
C/ Santa Rosa, 33
08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
Tel: +34 935 03 54 54


Upper Diagonal

(15 minutes walk from IESE)
Passeig de Manuel Girona, 7,
08034 Barcelona
Tel: +34 932 04 65 73