The transnational family: A typology and implications for work-family balance

Eunae Cho, Tammy D. Allen

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In a growing number of families, members are dispersed across country borders, but maintain close ties. Despite their growing prevalence, an overarching theoretical framework to explain this phenomenon is absent and little is known about work-family experiences in this type of family. With this in mind, we provide a typology that can be applied to the transnational family as a theoretical lens through which diverse forms of transnational families can be understood. Next, we provide a definition of work-family balance (WFB) that considers unique aspects of transnational families while also drawing upon previous definitions of WFB developed in the domestic work-family literature. Finally, we discuss how WFB may differ depending on the characteristics of transnational families. We conclude by discussing implications and suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-86
Number of pages11
JournalHuman Resource Management Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Migration
  • Transnational family
  • Typology
  • Work-family balance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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