The impact of global economic crisis and austerity on quality of working life and work-life balance: a capabilities perspective

Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Uracha, Prouska, Rea and Beauregard, T. Alexandra (2017) The impact of global economic crisis and austerity on quality of working life and work-life balance: a capabilities perspective. European Management Review . ISSN 1740-4754 (Published online first)

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Abstract

This paper draws on the capabilities approach as a framework for examining the impact of the global economic crisis and austerity on quality of working life and work-life balance. Our paper focuses on Greece, an extreme case of a country in economic crisis, characterised by a weak institutional basis. We build on the work of Barbara Hobson and colleagues who first applied the capabilities approach to explore work-life balance capabilities. Our study contributes to the development of theory by emphasising the sense of entitlement concept within the capabilities approach and by proposing a modified conceptual framework that encapsulates the link between capabilities, agency, and the sense of entitlement, where the latter acts as a cognitive ‘filter’ that enhances or weakens an individual’s perception of her/his agency to enact on her/his capabilities. Drawing on the accounts of twenty Greek professional and managerial workers, we illustrate how the crisis and austerity measures have eroded working conditions and thus the sense of entitlement, leading to the weakening of our participants’ agency and capabilities to achieve quality of working life and work-life balance.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 21851
Notes on copyright: The accepted version of the article here is the peer reviewed version of the following article: 'The impact of global economic crisis and austerity on quality of working life and work-life balance: a capabilities perspective', which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emre.12128. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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Depositing User: Alexandra Beauregard
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 13:23
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2019 05:36
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21851

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