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Work and Family - Allies or Enemies?: What Happens When Business Professionals Confront Life Choices Hardcover – January 15, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019511275X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195112757
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A reasoned and brave book that looks squarely at the tensions between family and work, gives us the facts, and suggests new ways to be good at both. Its creative research and reasoned recommendations should make our choices much easier."--Roger Brown<br/><br/>"A comprehensive and seminal contribution to the research on work and family life. By providing a conceptual framework, it makes sense of the lives of business school graduates-revealing how their personal resources and choices as well as the resources provided by their families and workplaces affect their personal and family success. More importantly, it reads like a research adventure story, exploring the questions that are hotly debated today, such as whether and-under what circumstances-women experience a career jeopardy. Additionally, it breaks new ground by including children as the unseen stakeholders of their parents' work. --Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute, Author,Ask the Children: What America's Children Really Think About Working Parents<br/><br/>"By providing us with fresh data on alumni of two top business schools, Work and Family-Allies or Enemies? makes a significant contribution not only to the work-life field, but also to employers trying to reach their own balance between the needs of their people and the exigencies of business today."--Phillip A. Laskaway, Ernst and Young<br/><br/>"Stewart Friedman and Jeff Greenhaus have produced a work that sets a new standard for research on work-family balance.... This work is required reading for CEOs and managers who must win the war for talent if their firms are to survive in the 21st century.... This book should have a permanent place in the curriculum of graduate and professional programs that train MBAs and other future leaders.... It is a tour de force that will define the discourse on this topic for decades to come."--David A. Thomas, Professor, Harvard Business School and author of Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America<br/><br/>"This pair of B-school professors interviewed 861 businesspeople to discover how work and family relate. They conclude that work and family life often are, but need not be in conflict and explore six major themes that can help readers achieve a balance between the two. Nearly a third of the book is dedicated to two appendices covering the details of the study itself and tables and notes on the research." --Business Reader Review

About the Author

Stewart D. Friedman is Practice Professor of Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. He is currently on leave, serving as director of the Leadership Development Center, Ford Motor Company. He has advised Vice President Al Gore on work and family issues, and his research has been profiled in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and other business media. Working Mother magazine recently recognized him as one of 25 "friends of the family"--men who have made it easier for working parents to raise and nurture children.
Jeffrey H. Greenhaus is Professor of Management and William A. Mackie Professor of Commerce and Engineering at Drexel University. Author or co-author of three books, his research on work-family relationships, career management, and diversity has appeared in various journals including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and the Journal of Applied Psychology.

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Since 1984 Stew Friedman has been at Wharton, where he is the Practice Professor of Management. In 1991 he founded both the Wharton Leadership Program - initiating the required MBA and Undergraduate leadership courses - and the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project.

Stew served for five years in the mental health field before earning his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. In 2001, he concluded a two-year assignment (while on leave from Wharton) at Ford, as the senior executive for leadership development. In partnership with the CEO, he launched a portfolio of initiatives to transform Ford's culture; 2500+ managers per year participated. Following these efforts, a research group (ICEDR) hailed Ford as a "global benchmark" in leadership development.

Stew's most recent book is Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family (Wharton Digital Press, 2013). He is author of the award-winning bestseller, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life (Harvard Business, 2008). It describes his challenging Wharton course (originally produced at Ford), in which participants do real-world exercises to increase their leadership performance in all parts of their lives by better integrating them, while working in peer-to-peer coaching relationships and using an innovative social learning site. The Total Leadership program - which marries the work/life and leadership development fields - is now used by individuals and organizations worldwide, including the 57K+ students in Stew's recent Coursera course. The Total Leadership Web site was chosen as one of Forbes' best for women. Forthcoming in October 2014 is his next book, Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life (Harvard Business).

Stew's other publications include the widely-cited Harvard Business Review articles, "Work and life: the end of the zero-sum game" (1998) and "Be a better leader, have a richer life" (2008), and "The Happy Workaholic: a role model for employees" (Academy of Management Executive, 2003). His Work and Family - Allies or Enemies? (Oxford, 2000) was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the field's best books. In Integrating Work and Life: The Wharton Resource Guide (Jossey-Bass, 1998), Stew edited the first collection of learning tools for building skills for integrating work and life.

He has advised many organizations, including the U.S. Departments of Labor and State, the U.N., and two White House administrations. He gives high-energy keynotes, conducts interactive workshops, and is an award-winning teacher. The New York Times cited the "rock star adoration" he inspires in students. He was chosen by Working Mother as one of America's 25 most influential men to have made things better for working parents, and by Thinkers50 as one of the "world's top 50 business thinkers." The Families and Work Institute honored him with a Work Life Legacy Award in 2013. Follow him on Twitter @StewFriedman. Tune in to his show, Work and Life, on Sirius XM 111, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School, Tuesdays 7:00 PM EDT.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Baldoni on December 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The dilemma that working parents all face as they succeed in their careers is how to manage their emerging professional responsibilities with their nurturing responsibilities for children. When family demands escalate, typically women scale back, or opt out of, professional opportunities freeing men to climb the proverbial career ladder. An authoritative new book, Work and Family -- Allies or Enemies by authors Stewart Friedman and Jeffrey Greenhaus, makes the case that it is possible for both working parents to pursue a career and assume full parental responsibilities - and be happy doing it - if both are willing to work cooperatively.
Based upon a pioneering study of 800 business professionals, Work and Family offers startling insights and lessons into how men and women, along with their employers, are dealing with the challenges of integrating parental and professional responsibilities. The book is formed around six key themes: 1) We can have (much of) it all, but it's especially difficult for working mothers; 2) Work and family can be allies; 3) Time is not the major problem; 4) Authority on the job is essential for work-family integration; 5) Women may be better adapted for jobs of the future; and 6) Kids are the unseen stakeholders at work. Friedman and Greenhaus weave these themes through the book in ways that puncture myths (keeping private and professional lives separate) and illuminate new understandings (acceptance of employers to new work processes to complement work-family integration).
The authors offer three principles for integrating work and life. One, clarify what's important. Parents need to be clear with one another as well as with their employers about what they want to achieve in their lives. Two, recognize and support the whole person.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on April 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Stewart D. Friedman and Jeffrey H. Greenhaus conducted extensive research with 861 alumni of the business schools at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia. Their research yielded revealing results about the struggle of professionals to manage work and family commitments. However, Friedman and Greenhaus present these results in such overwhelming statistical detail that the average reader is in danger of being swamped. This is especially the case when the data proves principals that most people already grasp through common sense and experience. That said, we ... recognize that the authors have done working Joes and Janes a great service by aggregating numbers to back up the notion that it's getting tougher to balance family and career. As such, this is an important book for anyone in a position to set workplace policy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marian Ruderman on August 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book contributes to our understanding of the complicated relationship between work and family life. Based on an extensive survey of over 800 business school alumni, the book takes the reader on a thoughtful journey looking at the issues facing both working parents and the organizations employing them. Organized around six major themes, two particularly stood out for me. First, the authors make the point that work and family can be allies. When there is support for non-work lives, individuals experience greater well-being in the form of less role conflict and greater self-esteem. Another critical theme is that children are major stakeholders at work. Although others have made this point, Friedman and Greenhaus do a stellar job of describing the behavioral and psychological effects on children of having a mother or father deeply involved in work. Written in a clear and engaging style, this book is valuable to both human resource practitioners and scholars.
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