Exploring the implications of the influence of organisational culture on work-life balance practices: evidence from Nigerian medical doctors

Adisa, Toyin Ajibade, Modi, Chima and Osabutey, Ellis L. C. (2017) Exploring the implications of the influence of organisational culture on work-life balance practices: evidence from Nigerian medical doctors. Personnel Review, 46 (3). pp. 454-473. ISSN 0048-3486 (doi:10.1108/PR-05-2015-0138)

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Abstract

Purpose - Whilst significant evidence of western work-life balance (WLB) challenges exists, studies that explore Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are scarce. This article explores how organisational culture in Nigerian medical organisations influences doctors’ WLB and examines the implications of supportive and unsupportive cultures on doctors’ WLB.

Methodology - The paper uses qualitative data gleaned from semi-structured interviews of 60 medical doctors across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria in order to elicit WLB challenges within the context of organisational culture.

Findings - The findings show that organisational culture strongly influences employees’ abilities to use WLB policies. Unsupportive culture resulting from a lack of support from managers, supervisors, and colleagues together with long working hours influenced by shift-work patterns, a required physical presence in the workplace, and organisational time expectations exacerbate the challenges that Nigerian medical doctors face in coping with work demands and non-work related responsibilities. Our findings emphasise how ICT and institutions also influence WLB.

Originality/value – The paper addresses the under-researched SSA context of WLB and emphasises how human resource management policies and practices are influenced by the complex interaction of organisational, cultural, and institutional settings.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 19427
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Depositing User: Ellis Osabutey
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2016 11:59
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 06:10
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19427

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