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

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Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, U, Prouska, R and Beauregard, A (2017). The impact of global economic crisis and austerity on quality of working life and work-life balance: A capabilities perspective. European Management Review.
AuthorsChatrakul Na Ayudhya, U, Prouska, R and Beauregard, A
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.

Keywordsquality of working life; work-life balance; capabilities approach; agency; sense of entitlement; economic crisis; austerity; Greece; Business And Management; Applied Economics
Year2017
JournalEuropean Management Review
PublisherWiley
ISSN1740-4754
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/emre.12128
Publication dates
Print17 Jul 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited11 Jul 2017
Accepted18 May 2017
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-NC 4.0
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