Steven Poelmans

Steven Poelmans
Antwerp Management School

PhD Management / Organizational Behavior

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September 2017 - December 2017
Antwerp Management School
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  • Professor
April 2001 - June 2010
Universidad de Navarra
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (82)
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In the discussion of the special issue on Sustainability in Combining Career and Care, Poelmans identifies common themes across all contributions and derives an inclusive model incorporating the insights generated by the different contributors. Using an exemplary hypothetical case, Poelmans effectively shows how the crucial influence of normative b...
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The Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) is a commonly used life satisfaction scale. Cross-cultural researchers use SWLS to compare mean scores of life satisfaction across countries. Despite the wide use of SWLS in cross-cultural studies, measurement invariance of SWLS has rarely been investigated, and previous studies showed inconsistent findings....
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Managers play an important role in the implementation of telework in organizations since they frequently have final approval over employees' requests for telework arrangements. Drawing upon March's (1994) dual-logic theory of decision making, the study examines antecedents of managers' responses to employees' requests for telework. Using a vignette...
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Actualmente, muchas de las premisas y variables que sustentan el liderazgo se están revisando bajo el prisma de las neurociencias. Es así como surge el neuroliderazgo, un campo multidisciplinar que recoge el estudio y la práctica de competencias y procesos de liderazgo bajo el prisma de las disciplinas científicas que analizan el funcionamiento del...
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A study of work interference with family (WIF) among managers is described, contrasting four clusters of countries, one of which is individualistic (Anglo) and three of which are collectivistic (Asia, East Europe, and Latin America). Country cluster (Anglo vs. each of the others) moderated the relation of work demands with strain-based WIF, with th...
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We investigated relationships between four dimensions of work–family conflict (time- and strain-based work interference with family, time- and strain-based family interference with work) and three key national paid leave policies (paid parental leave, paid sick leave, paid annual leave) among a sample of 643 working married parents with children un...
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Offering a bold look at the future, this volume is a 'white book' for international work-family research and practice. It provides guidelines for future research, focusing on applied, international work-family research, with special attention to the cross-cultural dimension. With vision chapters written by thought leaders in the field, it is a sour...
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The systematic empirical study of judgement and decision making began to emerge as a discipline in its own right only in the 1960s. This occurred together with a strong surge of interest in the larger, more general field of cognitive psychology, which also includes the study of memory, thinking, problem solving, mental imagery and language (Arkes &...
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There has been increasing interest in cross-national research that attempts to understand differences and similarities among employees from different cultures and nations. One of the basic issues of concern to organizational researchers is the health and well-being of employees, and it has been viewed as both a response to the work environment and...
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With the increased representation of women in the labor market and an associated growth in the proportion of dual-earner families, individuals and organizations in many countries are confronted with the challenge of managing the balance between work, family, and personal life (Aryee, Fields, & Luk, 1999; Boyar, Maertz, Pearson, & Keough, 2003; Ello...
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Work-family conflict (WFC) is recognized as a major issue affecting both individual employees and their employers. Preliminary research shows that the more employees perceive their work environment as family-supportive, the less they experience WFC (Allen, 2001). Moreover, there are theoretical and empirical reasons to expect that by reducing WFC,...
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The construct of cultural intelligence has recently been introduced to the management literature as an individual difference that may predict effectiveness and a variety of interpersonal behavior in the global business environment. This construct has enormous potential in helping to explain effectiveness in cross-cultural interactions. However, pro...
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Surveying 6509 managers from 24 countries/geopolitical entities, we tested the process through which individualism–collectivism at the country level relates to employees’ appraisals of and reactions to three types of work demands (i.e., work hours, workload, and organizational constraints). Our multilevel modeling results suggested that, while work...
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The present study explored the availability of flexible work arrangements (FWA) and their relationship with manager outcomes of job satisfaction, turnover intentions, and work-to-family conflict (WFC) across country clusters. We used individualism and collectivism to explain differences in FWA availability across Latin American, Anglo, and Asian cl...
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Spurred on in 2011 by the U.S. Government’s relaunch of the food pyramid as a ‘healthy eating plate’, the authors Daniel Siegel and David Rock decided to explore a framework for understanding the ideal diet for our brain. We decided to coin this the “Healthy Mind Platter”. We do not refer literally to substances like glucose, which is an essential...
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The present study explored the availability of flexible work arrangements (FWA) and their relationship with manager outcomes of job satisfaction, turnover intentions, and work‐to‐family conflict (WFC) across country clusters. We used individualism and collectivism to explain differences in FWA availability across Latin American, Anglo, and Asian cl...
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Organizational efforts of adopting, designing, and implementing work-family policies converge into single, discretionary decisions of supervisors whether or not to ‘allow’ these policies to specific employees under their supervision. These decisions are referred to as allowance decisions. In order to close a theoretical gap in current work-family l...
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The aim of this research was to explore relations between work and family demands and resources, work-to-family conflict (WFC), and work and family outcomes in a cross-cultural comparative context involving Taiwanese and British employees. Two-hundred and sixty-four Taiwanese employees and 137 British employees were surveyed using structured questi...
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El autor se refiere a un nuevo tipo de liderazgo que se pregunta cómo ayudar a las personas a desarrollar las competencias que necesitan pero también a estar satisfechos en el trabajo.
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Describing organisations as "ever changing" or "increasingly pressured" has been allowed to become a cliché. It is refreshing, therefore, to find a book which coolly and objectively reviews the psychological health issues in today's workplaces. From perennial problems such as occupational stress and job satisfaction to the contemporary issues of wo...
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The aim of this research was to explore relations between work resources (supervisory support and organizational family supportive values), work-to-family conflict (WFC), and work- and nonwork-related outcomes in a cross-cultural comparative context involving Taiwanese and British employees. The authors surveyed 264 Taiwanese employees and 137 Brit...
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Work and family conflict will intensify especially now with the availability of technically sophisticated gadgets (i.e., Blackberries cell phones) that will improve employees' flexibility at work but at the same time increase work demands and expectations. In other words, employees will have the autonomy to choose where to work but not necessarily...
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Organizations can no longer afford to assume that the ideal employee is male, full-time, and free from responsibilities outside work. As the percentage of women in the active work population rises, and the number of dual-income families grows, there is an ever greater demand for more flexible patterns of employment. Harmonizing Work, Family, and Pe...
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Using samples of managers drawn from five Western countries, we tested a theoretical model linking employees’ perceptions of their work environment’s family-supportiveness to six different dimensions of work–family conflict (WFC), and to their job satisfaction, family satisfaction, and life satisfaction. Our results are consistent with a causal pro...
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The construct of cultural intelligence, recently introduced to the management literature, has enormous potential in helping to explain effectiveness in cross cultural interactions. However, at present, no generally accepted definition or operationalization of this nascent construct exists. In this article, we develop a conceptualization of cultural...
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Professor Steven Poelmans is a leading international expert on the frontiers of work-family research contributing to theoretical and practice advancements. He is the Academic Director of the International Centre of Work and Family (ICWF) at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, which has worked for more than a decade with numerous organisations...
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Professor Steven Poelmans is a leading international expert on the frontiers of work–family research contributing to theoretical and practice advancements. He is the Academic Director of the International Centre of Work and Family (ICWF) at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, which has worked for more than a decade with numerous organisations...
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In most countries of North America, Europe, and Oceania; and increasingly in Asia and Latin America as well; dual-earner families have become the norm. This major shift in the global labor market and the realities of a global economy, have brought about important changes in the lives of many individuals and families. The conflict between working an...
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The issues surrounding work and family interactions have received increasing attention over the past twenty years, and have become a major concern for both employees and their employers. Across families with growing caring responsibilities, working men and women are undergoing an intensification of work-family conflict. In order to avoid or cope wi...
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The previous chapters described different work–family policies used in companies in various contexts, the sources of resistance among employees that can arise when applying them, and the overall difficulties experienced when trying to introduce work–life balance. Therefore, an important question remains: How to introduce these practices in a succes...
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We can compare the impact that firms will have on the social fabric of society in the twenty-first century with the impact firms had in the twentieth century on the natural environment and will continue to have in the next centuries. Firms, among the most powerful and influential institutions of our society, have the potential to transform our way...
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“There is nothing more difficult and dangerous, or more doubtful of success, than an attempt to introduce a new order of things in any state. For the innovator has for enemies all those who derived advantages from the old order of things while those who expect to be benefited by the new institutions will be but lukewarm defenders.” Niccolò Machiave...
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In order to better align business needs to the needs of employees with caring responsibilities, companies have started to implement family-supportive human resource (HR) policies over the last years referred to as work–life policies, work–family policies, or work–family arrangements in this chapter. Work–life policies and benefits are the most visi...
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A study of work interference with family (WIF) among managers is described, contrasting four clusters of countries, one of which is individualistic (Anglo) and three of which are collectivistic (Asia, East Europe, and Latin America). Country cluster (Anglo vs. each of the others) moderated the relation of work demands with strain-based WIF, with th...
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A comparative study of work-family conflict among managers is described contrasting a group of five Anglo countries with three clusters of five countries each that are considered collectivist by nature, that is, Asia, East Europe and Latin America. Results showed that cluster (Anglo vs. each of the others) moderated the relation of working hours wi...
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In this chapter, we review empirical research evidence regarding coping and work–family conflict. Limitations and gaps associated with the ex-isting literature are discussed. Of special note is the finding that there is little systematic research that examines the process of coping with work– family conflict. Building on the general stress and copi...
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Using samples of managers drawn from five Western countries, we tested a theoretical model linking employees' perceptions of their work environment's family-supportiveness to six different dimensions of work–family conflict (WFC), and to their job satisfaction, family satisfaction, and life satisfaction. Our results are consistent with a causal pro...
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The purpose of this paper was to provide an integrative multi-level framework that could help scholars study the impact of work–family policies on individual employees as well as assist practitioners in making informed decisions regarding the adoption, design, implementation, and allowance of these policies. This multi-level model illustrates the v...
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This study contributes to the literature on workaholism by testing the Spence and Robbins workaholic triad; 5,853 full time workers participated in a national survey on working hours, covering a broad range of economic sectors and employment categories. Respondents were grouped eight clusters. Results show a strong similarity with those of other st...
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A comparative study of work-family stressors, work hours and well-being was described contrasting 3 culturally distinct regions: Anglo (Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, and U.S.), China (Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan) and Latin America(Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay). Samples of managers...
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A model of the relationship between work-family and family-work conflict that incorporated variables from work and family demands, organizational and family resources, and some strain variables was tested. This model related bidirectional work-family conflict, work and family demands, resources, and strains. Data came from 327 managers. Results sug...
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This article presents phase 2 of the Collaborative International Study of Managerial Stress (CISMS2) with the objective of studying cross culturally/cross-nationally potential causes and consequences of work-family conflict. This collaborative international study contributes to the existing literature on work and family by adding a different theore...
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This article presents an editorial focussing on the multi-level 'Fit' model of work and family. The first and primary objective was to present several complementary theoretical frameworks to scholars working in the field in order to stimulate cross cultural research on work and family. The second objective was to share different methodological appr...
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This study examined organizational family-responsive policies, perceptions of the organization as family supportive, and supervisor support as issues that may be salient to the experience of conflict between paid employment (work) and family roles. Data were collected from 355 managerial personnel in New Zealand. Although work-family conflict and p...
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Several authors have tried to explain the variation across firms in the implementation of work-family programmes in terms of the employment strategy of these firms and institutional pressures. But most of these studies have been done in the US context. This study replicates these studies in Spain, which has a very different legal, cultural, and lab...
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Con la incorporaci�n cada vez mayor de la mujer al mundo laboral, vivimos en un mundo compartido. Hombres y mujeres integran, act�an y forman a la vez el mundo del trabajo y la familia. En el IESE tenemos una l�nea de investigaci�n -conciliaci�n trabajo/familia- que pretende detectar, analizar, evaluar y, en la medida de lo posible, sugerir, aquell...
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Managers from 24 geopohtical entities provided data on work locus of control, job satisfaction, psychological strain, physical strain, and individualism/collectivism. The hypothesis that the salutary effects of perceived control on well-being are universal was supported hecause relations of work locus of control with well-heing at work were similar...
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The relationship between work stressors and mental health outcomes has been demonstrated in a whole range of work stress models and studies. But less has been written about factors outside the work setting that might predict or moderate the relationship between work stressors and strain. In this exploratory study, we suggest a model linking work st...
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Data were collected from managers in 24 nations/territories on work locus of control (LOC), individualism–collectivism (I–C), and well-being (job satisfaction, absence of psychological strain, and absence of physical strain). There were significant mean differences across samples on all five of these measures, and consistent with our hypothesis, at...
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In this research paper we present three consecutive studies exploring family-friendly policies and culture in Spanish organizations. In a first study based on a representative sample of 135 organizations we looked at the reasons why firms decide to adopt these policies. In a second study we collected examples and arguments by interviewing the human...
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Hofstede's Values Survey Module has been the basis for much cross‐cultural and cross‐national research in the workplace, but little information about its psychometric properties has been available. This study provides internal consistency (coefficient alpha) statistics from samples representing 23 nations/provinces. Across both English and translat...
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In this paper I review the literature on the antecedents and outcomes of work-family conflict and family-supportive policies. The purpose of this paper is to review and confront two practically divorced literatures and point to the gaps in the literature on work-family conflict and work-family policies in order to recognize avenues for future resea...
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In this study I explore the phenomenon of work-family conflict in an "unconventional" way. Most studies on work-family conflict are quantitative studies of individuals, based on Anglo-Saxon samples. The contribution of this study is to use a different method (i.e. in-depth interviews) to focus on a different unit of analysis (i.e. managerial couple...
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The purpose of this exploratory study is to chart the existing Spanish literature, and to report some first tentative results on managerial stress in Spain. The study is based on a literature study and a quantitative study using a sample of 115 Spanish managers. The results are based on data collected for the Collaborative International Study on Ma...
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With the increasing participation of women in the workforce over the past 25 years the proportion of dual-earner couples has increased substantially. The National Study of the Changing Workforce indicates an increase from 66% in 1977 to 78% in 2002 in the United States (Bond, Thompson et al. 2002). Also in all European countries both partners going...