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Work-Life Integration: Case Studies of Organisational Change



Work-Life Integration: Case Studies of Organisational Change

Suzan Lewis, Cary Cooper

ISBN: 978-0-470-85343-6 March 2005 188 Pages


Developments in IT and communication technology, coupled with the global 24 hour market, have led to boundaries between work and personal life becoming ever more blurred, while work/life policies and practice struggle to keep up. This book aims to challenge traditional thinking on work life balance, and to explore different ways of promoting change at many levels. It provides a historical overview of the topic, critiques contemporary approaches and offers creative ideas for integrating work and personal life in local, national and global contexts.

About the Authors vii

Foreword by Professor Ronald J. Burke ix

Foreword by The Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt, MP xiii

Acknowledgements xvii

Chapter 1 Case Studies and Organisational Learning 1

Chapter 2 The Xerox Corporation 28

Chapter 3 Energyco 44

Chapter 4 Proffirm—The Professional Practice Firm 58

Chapter 5 Printco 71

Chapter 6 Recruitco 86

Chapter 7 Adminco 95

Chapter 8 Charityco 111

Chapter 9 A Long-term View 119

Appendix A Work–Life Integration Change Process 127

Appendix B Work–Personal Life Harmonisation: Visions and

Pragmatic Strategies for Change 129

References 159

Index 163

“Employees will appreciate the book’s emphasis on the need to find a solution that keeps both managers and workers happy.” (Management Today, April 2005)

"…case studies and processes described in this book are well worth serious study and could save considerable time and pain...” (People Management, 10th March, 2005)

"...essential reading for HR and other management students..." (businessexecutive magazine, May 2006).