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Work, Family and Sustainability

Online, July 6-7, 2021

Given the current circumstances, the conference will be held in an online format during the afternoons and evenings of July 6th and 7th CET.

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9th International Conference of Work and Family

Social inequality, climate change and poverty around the world have people questioning our understanding of growth and development. We all are increasingly concerned about the way our decisions affect natural resources, impact the environment and foster economic growth. More voices are claiming that our current patterns of consumption, production and disposal might actually decrease the quality of life for future generations. For these reasons, organizations, individuals and society are ever more interested in building a shared vision to work toward a more sustainable way of life.

In 2015, the United Nations established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs comprise 17 ambitious goals to be reached by 2030 under the pledge: Leave no one behind. The call to action includes topics such as eliminating hunger, tackling inequality and fighting climate change, collectively addressing social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainable development. With this, leaders should work toward peace and prosperity while ensuring the protection of our planet.

Since then, individuals and society have begun to demand more immediate answers. In 2018, Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish girl, became a global phenomenon after beginning a strike to fight for climate change. Her message went viral and resulted in multiple demonstrations all over the world. Society called upon leaders for answers and demanded that organizations work immediately toward a more sustainable world. It seems we need solutions to accelerate the process of achieving the proposed SDG agenda.

Policies that benefit the environment and individuals’ quality of life are part of efforts toward a sustainable society. The SDGs include physical, mental and social well-being as an objective on the road to healthy lives for all. Lately, the number of working adults with problems related to anxiety, quality of sleep, frustration and depression has risen. Addressing mental health is important in itself, but it is also relevant for organizations and society as part of their contribution to sustainable development. Organizations with employees that enjoy good health and high well-being benefit society. Healthy employees are better equipped to achieve sustainable human development. Therefore, we believe a healthy workplace is part of the path to a healthy world.

Through work-family balance, families and business can foster social responsibility, well-being, role modeling and sustainability. The 9th Biennial International Conference of Work & Family will focus on individual and organizational capacity to manage work and social aspects of life under a sustainable view. We want to encourage research and discussion around solutions to make workplaces more sustainable – that is, that they promote employee well-being, family enrichment and environmental responsibility. We are interested in understanding practices, sociocultural aspects and institutional frameworks that motivate work-family balance and foster social, economic and environmental sustainability.

IESE is a dynamic community of scholars and practitioners that will welcome you to Barcelona, a traditional and welcoming Mediterranean city. It is a 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 look forward to welcoming you to IESE in Barcelona!

Authors Meet Critics

Scott Behson, PhD, is Professor of Management and Silberman Global Faculty Fellow at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is an expert in work and family issues and the author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home, a best-selling book of advice and encouragement for fathers trying to balance work and family. He founded and runs the popular blog, Fathers, Work, and Family, dedicated to helping working fathers and encouraging more family-supportive workplaces. He will present his new book The Whole-Person Workplace (forthcoming 2021), aimed at helping employers address the work-life challenges of their employees.


Alyssa Westring is Associate Professor of Management at Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University. She is co-author of Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life. An award-winning educator, Westring shares her expertise on leadership, work/life integration and women’s careers in leading academic and popular outlets and is a frequent speaker at Fortune 500 companies. She has two school-aged children and lives in Chicago.


Maria Karanika-Murray is Associate Professor in Occupational Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, UK. Her research focuses on health, well-being, and performance at work including their management and has published on topics such as presenteeism, ageing, organisational interventions, and inequalities. At NTU she leads the Centre for Public and Psychosocial Health. She will present the book that she co-edited with Professor Sir Cary Cooper “Navigating the Return-to-Work Experience for New Parents: Maintaining Work-Family Well-Being“, for which they brought together internationally recognized experts in the field, from research, practice, and policy, to explore the issues and offer evidence-based solutions around return-to-work after having children.

Agenda

This agenda outlines the structure of the conference. Speakers, topics and exact times will be updated as they are confirmed in the coming months.

 

Tuesday, July 6 (All sessions are CET)

14:45-15:00 – Welcome to the Conference


15:00 ‐ 15:45 – Keynote: Carol Ryff

Nurturing Work-Family Well-Being in Challenging Times

Ryff’s research is strongly multidisciplinary and focuses on how various aspects of psychological well-being are contoured by broad social structural influences such as age, gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and culture as well as how psychological well-being is linked with biological factors (e.g., neuroendocrine regulation, inflammatory processes, cardiovascular risk). She currently directs the MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.) national study of Americans (www.midus.wisc.edu), which has become a major forum for integrative, multidisciplinary studies of health and well-being, as well as a parallel study in Japan known as MIDJA (Midlife in Japan).


15:45 ‐ 17:00 – First Break-Out (15-minute presentations and 2 papers)


17:00 ‐ 17:25 – Interview with Shalini Hinduja

Work Family: How Females Can Avoid the Guilt Syndrome: Pursuing a Successful Career After Raising a Family

Hinduja holds a BSc in Psychology from University College London and an MBA from Imperial College London. Upon graduation from her MBA, she joined Citibank as a management trainee in Mumbai and later joined asset management company Matheson Investment Management. Since 1996, Hinduja has been a part of the orientation of various Hinduja Group businesses and non-profit organizations, and was actively involved in Ashok Leyland’s CSR initiative Road to School. Since April 2015, she has been involved in the redevelopment of the Old War Office. She is a regular attendee at the World Economic Forum and is a member of Aston Martin’s Female Advisory Board.


17:25 ‐ 17:45 – Break


17:45 ‐ 18:45 – Authors Meet Critics: Alyssa Westring, Scott Behson and Maria Karanika-Murray

Moderated by Yasin Rofcanin

• Scott Behson, PhD, Professor of Management and Silberman Global Faculty Fellow at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Behson is an expert in work and family issues and the author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home, the best-selling book of advice and encouragement for fathers trying to balance work and family. He founded and runs the popular blog, Fathers, Work, and Family, dedicated to helping working fathers and encouraging more family-supportive workplaces. He will present his new book The Whole-Person Workplace, aimed at helping employers address the work-life challenges of their employees.

• Alyssa Westring, Associate Professor of Management at the Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University.

Westring will present her book (co-authored) Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life. An award-winning educator, Westring shares her expertise on leadership, work/life integration and women’s careers in leading academic and popular outlets and is a frequent speaker at Fortune 500 companies. She has two school-aged children and lives in Chicago.

• Maria Karanika-Murray, Associate Professor in Occupational Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Her research focuses on health, well-being, and performance at work including their management and has published on topics such as presenteeism, ageing, organisational interventions, and inequalities. At NTU she leads the Centre for Public and Psychosocial Health. She will present the book that she co-edited with Professor Sir Cary Cooper “Navigating the Return-to-Work Experience for New Parents: Maintaining Work-Family Well-Being“, for which they brought together internationally recognized experts in the field, from research, practice, and policy, to explore the issues and offer evidence-based solutions around return-to-work after having children.


18:45 – 20:00 – Second Break-Out (2 or 3 papers)


 

Wednesday, July 7 (All sessions are CET)


14:45 – 15:05 – Presentation of the paper

3 Ways Companies Can Retain Working Moms Right Now

By Mona Zanhour, Assistant Professor, Management/HRM (MHRM)


15:05 – 16:00 – Third Break-Out (2 papers)


16:00 – 16:45 – Keynote: Evangelia Demerouti

Work-family integration or segmentation? Lessons learnt from the COVID-19 experiment

Demerouti is a Full Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her research focuses on the processes enabling performance, including the effects of work characteristics, individual job strategies (including job crafting and decision-making), occupational wellbeing and work-life balance.

Abstract: The modern way of working and living has changed our understanding and experience of work-family interface. Nowadays, technology enables people to be constantly busy with work or other activities through their smartphone, making the link between recovery and work-family interface imperative. Work-family interface becomes more work-family integration process, in which characteristics of and performance in work, family and personal life are closely related phenomena. This became even more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentation will reflect on the link between work-family interface on the hand and issues like recovery, performance, proactivity, and personal time on the other hand. The main message will be that we need to study and support individuals while they proactively strive for meaningful experiences, well-being and goal achievement in all life domains by constantly integrating and separating them.


16:45 – 17:00 – Break


17:00 – 18:00 – Round Table: The World Is Not Flat: Specific Work-Life Challenges Around the Globe

Moderated by Marc Grau

Ameeta Jaga – South-African context

Konjit Hailu Gudeta – Sub-Saharan Africa context

M. Jose Bosch – South American context

Alev Özer Torgalöz  and Dr. Sevgin Batuk Middle East context

Heini Pensar – North European context


18:00 – 18:45 – Keynote: Arnold Bakker

The Work-Home Resources Model: State of the Art

Bakker is Professor and Chair of the research group Work and Organizational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is secretary general of the Alliance for Organizational Psychology, fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and adjunct professor at Lingnan University (Hong Kong).

His research interests include positive organizational phenomena such as work engagement, flow, and happiness at work, with a particular interest in understanding the processes that lead to job performance (e.g., crossover of work-related emotions). He has developed numerous internet applications, such as the Job Demands–Resources monitor, the Happiness Indicator, and the Engagement App.


18:45 – 19:00 – Farewell


 

Conference Topics

1

Work-Family and Well-Being

2

Work-Family and Remote Work

3

International Research: the Importance of Context

4

Work-Family Enrichment

5

Work-Family and Leadership

6

Coping and Decision-Making

7

Work-Family Policies and Culture

8

Work-Life and Women's Careers

9

Family Business Issues

Submission deadlines

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

Submission Guidelines for SHORT ABSTRACT

  • 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 conferences@iese.edu 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.

Please follow these guidelines for the full paper submission. Papers that are not prepared according to these instructions will NOT be reviewed.

Submission Guidelines for FULL PAPER

  • The entire paper (title page, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be in ONE document.
  • The maximum length of the paper is 8000 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 conferences@iese.edu 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, 2021

Submit a 800-word short paper

April 1, 2021

Notification of acceptance

May 15, 2021

Submission deadline for accepted papers

June 25, 2021

Registration deadline

Registration fees

Early Bird until May 15thRegular Fee from May 16th to June 15thLate Fee from June 16th to July 6th
Academics
€140€220
€350
Students €50€180€325

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