Internal market orientation and work-family balance in family businesses

Ruizalba, Jose, Soares, Anabela, Vallespín, María and González Porras, José Luis (2016) Internal market orientation and work-family balance in family businesses. European Journal of Family Business, 6 (1). pp. 46-53. ISSN 2444-877X

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This research paper aims at investigating the importance of work–family balance (WFB) on family businesses from Andalusia (Spain) and its impact on job satisfaction and employees’ commitment. The research objectives are twofold: (1) to classify companies based on the level of WFB implementation; (2) to investigate the differences between groups of companies in relation to job satisfaction, commitment, firm size and generation. In order to achieve these objectives an empirical study was conducted with a sample of 219 family businesses. The data collected using self-completion questionnaires were analyzed using cluster analysis and Manova. Main findings show a diffusion of WFB and broad implementation in this context. Thus, WFB has a positive impact on job satisfaction and on employees’ commitment. These findings contribute to the literature and practice highlighting the role of managers in the implementation of WFB and its subsequent positive return related to its impact on employees and society.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1016/j.ejfb.2016.06.002
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Keywords: Work-family balance; Commitment; Internal market orientation; Job satisfaction; Family business
Subjects: Business and finance
Depositing User: Jose Ruiz Alba Robledo
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 09:11
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:50


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