Business Management – Work-Life Balance


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The aim of this literature review is to critically review work-life balance. The area i have chosen in work-life balance is "dual-career parenthood and the role corporations have on impacting work-life balance" and I only want it to discuss changing organizational culture with regard to dual-career parenthood. It is a requirement that all the sources come from the list of journals below:
Academy of Management Review
Academy of Management Journal
Administrative Science Quarterly
Journal of Management
Journal of Management Studies
Harvard Business Review
British Journal of Management
California Management Review
International Journal of Management Reviews
Employee Relations -The International Journal
Academy of Management Perspectives
Journal of Management Inquiry
Personnel Psychology
Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Journal of Public Administration: Research and Theory
Public Administration Review
Human Resource Management (USA)
Human Resource Management Journal
Human Resource Development International
Human Resource Development Review
Human Resource Management Review
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Work, Employment and Society
International Journal of Human Resource Management
Human Relations
Organization Science
Organization Studies
Management Science

The review should stick to a structure of introduction, main body and conclusion and be a critical review of academic literature with no reflection of personal opinion or thoughts on the topic. The introduction should include key issues in work-life balance, outline the main focus of the review and inform reader of current and past trends in business referring to different industries. Also it should include a definition of work-life balance and perhaps introduce new terminology as part of the review?
The main body should have the research on topic with key theories and a small section on the history of work-life balance. It should also discuss issues of gender inequality, and refer to changing organizational culture with regard to dual-career couples. The conclusion should identify a possible research gap, and have supportive and contradictive core evaluations, outline further studies and conclude with what has been discussed.
Below is the brief given to me which i hope will help describe the instructions:
Overview The purpose of this assignment is to read academic articles that pertain to the material in this unit. This paper is individually assessed. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the main themes in the literature on their selected topic. This includes a formative component, journal reading summary and a summative component. Intended Learning Outcomes Assessed – ILOs – 1-4 ??Understand key conceptual frameworks, guiding principles, contemporary developments and current debates/issues in terms of modern employment relations practice, its resource management and public policy implications; ??Understand how and why contemporary employment relations is structured and HR managed, related strategies devised and implemented, interests ‘voiced’, co-operation sought and conflicts/ tensions caused and resolved; ??Display appropriate knowledge and offer analytical insights on employment-related matters and HRM-linked issues and critically evaluate the potential impact of public policy changes as they arise; ??Demonstrate an awareness of the types of skill, knowledge and perspective that HR practitioners require in order to handle competently and confidently employment relations and HRM-linked matters arising in the field The Task: Critically review the recent theoretical and empirical literature on: The impact of work-life balance in the contemporary workplace. ??Each student is required to conduct a 2500 words literature review on the approved contemporary work-life balance issue/topic. The first step in the literature review will be to formulate a problem (unresolved issue) that will be the focus of the review. Alternatively, you can focus on key controversies in the broad topic. In conducting the literature review students are required to use only the articles published in the journals specified below or articles drawn from course syllabus. No less than 50% of your readings MUST come from these listed journals: • Academy of Management Review • Academy of Management Journal • Administrative Science Quarterly • Journal of Management • Journal of Management Studies • Harvard Business Review • British Journal of Management • California Management Review • International Journal of Management Reviews • Employee Relations -The International Journal • Academy of Management Perspectives • Journal of Management Inquiry • Personnel Psychology • Journal of Applied Psychology • Journal of Organizational Behavior • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology • Journal of Public Administration: Research and Theory • Public Administration Review • Human Resource Management (USA) • Human Resource Management Journal • Human Resource Development International • Human Resource Development Review • Human Resource Management Review • Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society • British Journal of Industrial Relations • Work, Employment and Society • International Journal of Human Resource Management • Human Relations • Organization Science • Organization Studies • Management Science The literature review should cover and address the points outlined below and must be 1.5 spaced (12 point font). The structure suggested below is a possible guide to use but you are NOT restricted to this guideline. Introduction to the Review ? Is the area of focus/ general topic well explained? ? Have you identified the overall trends in what has already been published? ? Is the purpose of the review made evident to the reader? ? If you are introducing new terminology or concepts as part of the review, are these defined or clarified? ? Is the organization of the review made evident to the reader? Main body – Presentation of Studies Being Reviewed ? Does the presentation of the studies within sections include a storyline, that is, is the connection between each piece of literature made explicit for the reader? ? When an item of literature is introduced, is it summarized for the reader in terms of what the authors did, when they did it, how they reached their conclusions, etc.? ? Have you been critical about each piece of literature? ? Do you provide summary sentences at the end of sections to help the reader understand what the main issues are? Main body – Evidence of Analysis, Synthesis, Critique Taking Place within the Review ? Have you gone beyond merely summarizing the studies? Is there evidence of analysis and critique of individual studies? ? Is there evidence of analysis and synthesis across the studies? Do you compare and evaluate each item of the literature? Are the messages that emerge from the literature made evident? (This may involve comparing results, identifying differences among a number of studies). ? Are the gaps, problems, central issues, debate, or issues unresolved by the literature clearly identified? ? Do you provide evidence to support the arguments, analysis, and criticism being made? Is the evidence sufficient and convincing? ? Does your voice come out as separate and distinct from that of the authors you are summarizing, critiquing, and reviewing? Conclusion to the Review ? Does your conclusion summarise the literature maintaining the focus presented in the introduction? ? Have you overall evaluated the current “state of the art” pointing out gaps in the literature and inconsistencies? ? Have you been able to identify the contribution made by your review efforts? ? Have you made suggestions for research that needs to be conducted in the future? Organization and Writing Qualities of the Review ? Have you used appropriate headings to group the literature according to themes? Specifically, have you grouped research studies and other relevant literature appropriately according to common themes? ? If there are sections within the review are these logically ordered and clearly explained to the reader? ? Have you provided clearly articulated transitions between sections? (Is the storyline easy to follow?) ? Is each item in the literature review cited appropriately? ? How are quotes used? (If included, they should only be used when you cannot paraphrase the message easily.) I hope this information gives you a good description of the literature review. P.S the review does need to be unbiased and apparently needs to let the research take flow of your work. Too add, this is not part of a dissertation!



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