MANAGING TIME-BASED CONFLICT ACROSS LIFE DOMAINS IN NIGERIA: A DECISION MAKING PERSPECTIVE by ProQuest

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									 MANAGING TIME-BASED CONFLICT ACROSS LIFE DOMAINS IN
       NIGERIA: A DECISION MAKING PERSPECTIVE


                           Chantal Epie
            Lagos Business School, Pan African University
                 Km49 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ajah
                        Lagos State, Nigeria
                         cepie@lbs.edu.ng


Abstract
The purpose of this study is to obtain insights into the process by
which employees in a developing country attempt to resolve time-based
conflict between work, family and other activities. A decision making
framework is used to study the way Nigerian managers handled
conflicting pressures from their various life domains. Participants were
asked to write a diary, in a free-response format, of a whole Friday
and a Saturday morning. Substantial diary excerpts are provided to
enable readers to make their own judgment on the validity of the
author’s constructivist interpretation. This empirical study permitted a
detailed mapping of the day-to-day decision making process people
engage in while facing conflicting demands from work, family and an
Executive MBA, with the various factors that intervene in a complex
interplay. Practical implications are drawn: 1) Managers need to
develop time management, interpersonal and problem solving skills, to
clarify their values and strengthen their capacity to resist external
pressures; and 2) Organizations need to improve their working
practices so that their employees may more readily find ways of
resolving their work-family conflict. This paper adds to the work-family
literature by including the environmental and cultural context in which
work and family interact and by closely examining value-based conflict
with its impact on a person’s decision-making and subjective
experience of conflict.

KEYWORDS: Work-family Conflict, EMBA, Nigeria, Values, Decision
Making




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Introduction

Work-family conflict has been studied for decades in the Western
world. Not so in developing countries. Nigeria is
								
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