Work–Family Interface in the Context of Career Success: A Qualitative Inquiry

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Work–Family Interface in the Context of Career Success: A Qualitative Inquiry
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Human Relations

Do Nobel Prize laureates ever grocery shop? Does a distinguished professor, with over 40,000 citations to his works, find time to chat with his spouse? Does a renowned female scientist struggle with childcare arrangements while traveling around the country giving scientific lectures almost every other week? Such questions about those who have outstanding research careers have rarely received scholarly attention. This study contributes to the work–family literature by studying work–family interface (WFI) in the context of career success. We sought to explore the lived experiences of 28 distinguished professors who are among the top 2–5% of scholars in their field, to provide an in-depth understanding of their WFI and the prominent factors affecting it over their careers. Our findings have theoretical implications for both work–family and career success literatures.