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Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

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Year 2005 
Volume 4 
Issue 2

The Complexification of Work-Family Conflict Theory: A Critical Analysis

Susan Madsen
Utah Valley State College

Scott Hammond
Utah Valley State College

2005 4 (2) Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

Abstract

This paper provides an extensive review and categorization of the work-family conflict literature, followed by a discussion of paradigmatic assumptions found within that literature and critical recommendations. The article describes the five most widely utilized theories in the work-family conflict literature: conflict theory, spillover theory, gender role theories, identity theory, and role theory. It concludes by recommending that future research focus on becoming more complex by moving from simple to complex explanations focusing less on hierarchy definitions and more on interactions, less on accounting for singular causality and more on multiple (sometime indeterminate) causalities, use less determinant and more indeterminate language, and adopt a morphogenic view of change.

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The Complexification of Work-Family Conflict Theory: A Critical Analysis. (2005). The Complexification of Work-Family Conflict Theory: A Critical Analysis. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, 4(2), 151-179. (Original work published 2005)

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“The Complexification Of Work-Family Conflict Theory: A Critical Analysis”. 2005. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, vol. 4, no. 2, 2005, pp. 151-179.

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“The Complexification Of Work-Family Conflict Theory: A Critical Analysis”. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 4, no. 2 (2005): 151-179.