Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Comparative Study of Women and Workplace Flexibility
by Morris, Christal L., Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2017, 138; 10640794
Abstract (Summary)

This study explores flexible workplace practices across several companies to examine the experiences of working women located in the Southeastern region of the United States.

Three primary research questions guided this study: 1. What experiences (relationships, professional, and personal) as well as motivational factors shape the life course of women in corporate settings who pursue or choose not to pursue a flexible schedule, and how have the experiences impacted work-life integration decisions? 2. What similarities and differences exist, if any, between women who opted for a flexible schedule and those who chose not to pursue flexible options? 3. What are the relationships between influencers and career goals related to flexible work decisions (i.e., “What influenced you to make the decision?”)?

While several studies have provided data on why women opt out of the workforce, or do not return after significant life changes, only a few have used a specific framework to share the personal stories of women leveraging flexible work practices to highlight their experiences, motivations, and role of faith in their lives and work.

A comparison was conducted between women who work from home full time, and those who do not.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Weber, Margaret J.
Commitee: Barner, Robert, Toppin, Lisa
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Culture, Flexibility, Women in the workforce, Workplace culture, Workplace policy
Publication Number: 10640794
ISBN: 978-0-355-46471-9
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