Toward contextual understanding: antecedents of work-family interface in India

Mahima Raina, Eunae Cho, Kamlesh Singh

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Purpose: The current study examined cultural (diffuse orientation), organizational (organizational work-family climates) and individual (role centrality) antecedents of key work-family (WF) experiences (WF conflict, WF enrichment and WF boundary management) in India. Design/methodology/approach: Survey data were collected from 586 white-collar employees in India. The data were analyzed using structural equation modeling. Findings: Analyses revealed interesting culture-specific insights into the WF dynamic. For example, less demarcation between WF boundaries (diffuse orientation) did not increase WF conflict, but significantly fostered WF enrichment, challenging the findings in the Western cultural contexts. A supportive organizational WF climate was found to be a crucial factor that alleviated WF conflict, whereas greater investment in work role led to greater WF enrichment. Research limitations/implications: This study addresses a dearth of research on antecedents of WF interface that simultaneously examines the positive and negative aspects of WF interface. It also advances the WF literature by generating empirical evidence related to the cultural dimension of diffuse orientation. Originality/value: This study provides a holistic view of WF interface in the Indian context by incorporating various antecedents in one model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-356
Number of pages18
JournalSouth Asian Journal of Business Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Boundary management
  • Culture sensitive model
  • Indian context
  • Work–family interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing


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