Work-Life Advantage analyses how employer-provision of family-friendly working arrangements - designed to help workers better reconcile work, home and family - can also enhance firms capacities for learning and innovation, in pursuit of long-term competitive advantage and socially inclusive growth. * Brings together major debates in labour geography, feminist geography, and regional learning in novel ways, through a focus on the shifting boundaries between work, home, and family * Addresses a major gap in the scholarly research surrounding the narrow business case for work-life balance by developing a more socially progressive, workerist dual agenda * Challenges and disrupts masculinist assumptions of the ideal worker and the associated labour market marginalization of workers with significant home and family commitments * Based on 10 years of research with over 300 IT workers and 150 IT firms in the UK and Ireland, with important insights for professional workers and knowledge-intensive companies around the world
Al James is Reader in Economic Geography at Newcastle University, UK. His research interests include gendered labour geographies of work-life and socially inclusive growth; the regional cultural economy of learning and innovation; and the hybrid economic/development geographies of India s new service economy. His work has been funded by the UK s Economic and Social Research Council, Nuffield Foundation, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Isaac Newton Trust. He has published in a wide range of leading international journals, including Progress in Human Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies, Geoforum, Gender Work and Organization, Gender Place and Culture, Environment and Planning A, and Development and Change. From 2008-2011, he was Secretary of the RGS-IBG s Economic Geography Research Group.
List of Figures List of Tables Series Editors Preface Preface and Acknowledgements 1 Introduction: Inclusive Regional Learning? 2 Recentering Regional Learning: Beyond Masculinist Geographies of Regional Advantage 3 Work-Life Balance and its Uncertain Business Case 4 Researching Labour Geographies of Work-Life and Learning in Ireland and the UK 5 Juggling Work, Home and Family in the Knowledge Economy 6 Overcoming Work-Life Conflict and the Gendered Limits to Learning and Innovation? 7 Work-Life Balance, Cross-Firm Worker Mobility, and Gendered Knowledge Spillovers 8 Conclusions - Gendered Regional Learning & Work-Life Advantage References Index