Work-Family conferences I Organize and Chair

Work–Family conferences I Organize and Chair

Honored to facilitate research generation, sharing and advancement in Work-Family.

2019 Work and Family: Work family in the pursuit of happiness

Mireia chaired the 8th International Conference of Work and Family “Work Family in the Pursuit of Happiness” The Conference will took place in July 1st and 2nd at IESE, in Barcelona (Spain). We welcomed papers focused on the current and future transformations of work and family and their social and organizational implications, from a wide range of scientific perspectives: management, philosophy, empirical social sciences, law and regulation, and humanistic studies, among others.

The conference aimed to contribute in building a new vision of work and family that places the centrality of the human being at the core of the definition and practice of organizations and societies. It attracted more than 70 academics coming from over 20 countries.

2017 Work and Family” The (new) ideal worker”

Mireia co-chaired the 7th bi-annual International Conference of Work & Family, that focused on the (new) ideal workers, as well as on their needs, desires and new forms of flexibility.

In the seventies, Coser defined the Greedy Institutions as those institutions who asked their members for an “exclusive and undivided loyalty”. These institutions assumed that the “ideal worker” was the one who devoted long hours to their jobs with no family interference. In some sense, this image of “ideal worker” still exists, but empirical evidence seems to suggest that far from being positive for the organizations, having old “ideal workers” may have a negative impact on the 21st Century Organizations. Moreover, recent technological, social and demographic changes have reshaped the way people work and the way families organized themselves. In a situation like that, where more employees ask for a real work-family balance/integration, it was timely and relevant to examine the “new ideal worker”, to understand how companies could adapt to this new situation. We focused on the definition of the (new) ideal worker.

The Conference took place in July 3rd and 4th at IESE Campus in Barcelona, with more than 80 participants from the five continents, representing more than 20 nationalities.

2015 Work and Family “Balance, Technology and Globalization”

The sixth bi-annual International Conference of Work & Family focused on Balance, Technology, and Globalization.

In an age in which information technology has brought the promise of autonomy and control by allowing asynchronous communications; in which work systems have enabled people to work from various times and locations; in which work and non-work boundaries have as a result been blurred; the work and family interface needed to be reconsidered. In this conference, we were specifically interested in papers that focused on new perspectives in work-family that addressed a wide range of topics current problems, and contributed with solutions to those problems. For example, what are the impacts of changes in the global economy? How do global workers cope with work-family issues? How does information technology affect work-family dynamics?

The Conference took place in July 1st and 2nd, 2015, at IESE Campus in Barcelona.