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There is a link between work life balance culture and strategic competitive advantage

Bradley, Lisa M., Royer, Susanne, & Eckardt, Farida (2008) There is a link between work life balance culture and strategic competitive advantage. In 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008 : Managing in the Pacific Century, 2 – 5 December, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

This paper suggests a linkage between work-life balance culture and competitive advantage through commitment and firm-specific human resources. The paper argues that a workplace culture supportive of employees balancing their work and non-work lives leads to their commitment to their organisation being higher. Higher commitment leads to a greater willingness to invest in the development of firm specific resources – such as developing certain intra-organisational competencies or idiosyncratic technical competencies. This greater level of firm specific resources then enables the firm to have a stronger competitive advantage. The paper argues theoretically for these relationships, reviewing the relevant empirical and theoretical literature and concludes with suggestions for practice and future research.

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ID Code: 17179
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Human Resource Management, Organisational Performance, Strategic Human Resource Management, Work-life Balance
ISBN: 186308-148-8
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2009 13:41
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:45

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