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The systems psychodynamics underlying the work-family interface amongst managerial women in the public sector

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dc.contributor.advisor Cilliers, Frans Naik, Biva 2015-04-23T12:41:40Z 2015-04-23T12:41:40Z 2014-11
dc.identifier.citation Naik, Biva (2014) The systems psychodynamics underlying the work-family interface amongst managerial women in the public sector, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract It is argued that key to gender empowerment and the success of women in leadership is the exploration of the work-family interface which serves to enhance the understanding of issues faced by women leaders as they navigate through their domestic and management roles. It is also contended that work-family scholarship move beyond the study of objective characteristics, and the overt conscious level of functioning of the interface, to an understanding of the intra-psychic experiences of individuals. Recognising the preoccupation with the role strain perspective, it is argued that work-family scholarship adopts a more balanced view and considers the positive and negative effects of participating in multiple roles. Hence the general aim of this qualitative study was to understand the systems psychodynamics underlying the work-family interface that influence the processes of enrichment and conflict among managerial women in the public sector. In the empirical study, data was gathered using the organisational role analysis method, and analysed by means of systems psychodynamic discourse analysis. Six themes and their related subthemes were identified, namely anxiety and conflict, identity, boundary management, authority, role and task. The findings explored the manner in which these behavioural dynamics of participants, and their family and organisational systems interacted, mutually influencing each other, and shaping the way managerial women found, made and took up their domestic and management roles at the work-family interface. This led to resource generation and role enhancement, or resource depletion and role strain in the role (domestic or management). Through relatedness, projection and introjection between the systems and roles, the quality of life in one role influenced the other role, promoting enrichment and conflict at the interface. This study concluded that both enrichment and conflict occur at the interface. While participants oscillated between experiencing enrichment and conflict, some participants experienced more enrichment than conflict, while others experienced more conflict than enrichment at the work-family interface. The extent to which enrichment or conflict occurred between the systems was mediated by participants’ ability to self-contain, and/or the receiving system’s ability to serve as a “good enough” holding environment containing the anxieties experienced in the other role. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 343 pages)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Work-family interface en
dc.subject Work-family enrichment en
dc.subject Work-family conflict en
dc.subject Systems dynamics en
dc.subject Managerial women en
dc.subject Public sector en
dc.subject Management en
dc.subject Social system en
dc.subject ACIBART en
dc.subject Organisational role analysis en
dc.subject Projection en
dc.subject Introjections en
dc.subject Relatedness en
dc.subject Anxiety en
dc.subject Gender equality en
dc.subject.ddc 305.43658
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Employment -- Psychological aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Work and family en
dc.subject.lcsh Women executives -- Family relations en
dc.subject.lcsh Working mothers en
dc.title The systems psychodynamics underlying the work-family interface amongst managerial women in the public sector en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department D. Litt et Phil. (Industrial and Organisational Psychology) en

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