New Book: "Work-Life Advantage: Sustaining Regional Learning and Innovation"

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New Book: "Work-Life Advantage: Sustaining Regional Learning and Innovation"
Newcastle University

Work-Life Advantage: Sustaining Regional Learning and Innovation

Al James

ISBN: 978-1-118-94484-4

Dec 2017

248 pages

Work-Life Advantage analyses how employer-provision of ‘family-friendly’ working arrangements - designed to help workers better reconcile work, home and family - can also enhance firms’ capacities for learning and innovation, in pursuit of long-term competitive advantage and socially inclusive growth. 

  • Brings together major debates in labour geography, feminist geography, and regional learning in novel ways, through a focus on the shifting boundaries between work, home, and family
  • Addresses a major gap in the scholarly research surrounding the narrow ‘business case’ for work-life balance by developing a more socially progressive, workerist ‘dual agenda’
  • Challenges and disrupts masculinist assumptions of the “ideal worker” and the associated labour market marginalization of workers with significant home and family commitments
  • Based on 10 years of research with over 300 IT workers and 150 IT firms in the UK and Ireland, with important insights for professional workers and knowledge-intensive companies around the world

Comprehensive work‐life balance packages that respond to employees’ needs are not merely costs, but offer major advantages for firms’ competitive performance