To move or not to move - a question of family?

Jane K. Lê, Patrick A. Tissington, Pawan S. Budhwar

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Relocation is one organizational phenomenon where the influence of family is prominent. Our paper thus uses it as a backdrop against which to study the work–family interface. In-depth qualitative analysis of 62 interviews with Royal Air Force personnel is used to complement the literature by demonstrating the impact on and the impact of the immediate family in relocation. The analysis provides evidence that relocation influences an employee's role as family member, other family members and the family as a whole. Findings also illustrate that families influence employees' relocation behaviour, organizational tenure and work focus. In summary, this paper supports the bidirectional nature of the work-family interface and also demonstrates that regardless of whether examining the work-to-family influence or the family-to-work influence the effects are not always negative.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-45
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010
EventInternational Journal of Human Resource Management -
Duration: 1 Jan 20101 Jan 2010


  • employee relocation
  • family
  • moving
  • transience
  • work–family interface


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