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Attitudes to work/life balance of women in Singapore, Hong Kong and China: Working for the family and more?

Thein, V., Currie, J. and Austen, S. (2006) Attitudes to work/life balance of women in Singapore, Hong Kong and China: Working for the family and more? In: Inaugural International Women and Leadership Conference, 16 - 17 November 2006, Fremantle, Western Australia pp. 310-321.

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Abstract

Issues related to ‘work-life balance’ have recently come to the fore in public policy debate and academic inquiry in Australia. As yet, however, these questions have been relatively under-explored in the context of Asian business and society. This paper reports on focus group and interview data gathered from professional women between the ages of 25 and 45 and living in Singapore, Hong Kong and China. The data collected was used, first, to describe how these women perceive why they engage in paid work, and what approaches the women in these countries use to handle work/life conflicts in the context of varying economic, political, cultural and social/family situations (e.g. making use of family members and/or maids for help with household chores and child caring, rather than a spouse or a childcare facility/centre).

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: Women in Social & Economic Research, Curtin Business School
Copyright: 2007 WiSER, Curtin University of Technology
Notes: Appears In: Changes. Challenges. Choices. Conference Proceedings from the Inaugural International Women and Leadership Conference.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6592
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