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Nwachukwu, Chijioke, Olaleye, Sunday, Vu, Hieu Minh, Njoku, Paul (2021) Trends in work life balance research : a bibliometric analysis. International journal of applied engineering and technology 3(2), 29-38.

Trends in work life balance research : a bibliometric analysis

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Author: Nwachukwu, Chijioke1; Olaleye, Sunday2; Vu, Hieu Minh3;
Organizations: 1Mendel University in Brno Czechia & South Ural State University Chelyabinsk, Russia
2University of Oulu Business School Finland
3Faculty of Business Administration, Van Lang University, Vietnam
4Grooming Centre, Lagos State, Nigeria
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Roman Science Publications, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-02-22


The needs of families and individuals working in organisations are important. Employers must create an environment that supports the changing mode of work and non‐work life. Few studies have analysed work-life balance publications visually. This study provides comprehensive information on work-life balance, including countries, authors, references, and journals. Using the Web of Science as a data source, we extracted 825 articles published from 1990 to 2020. A bibliometric approach using VOSviewer software was used to analyse work-life balance quantitatively and visually. We observed that the USA is the most productive country followed by England and Canada in terms of publication. University of Western Ontario is the most productive institution followed by Erasmus University and then Griffith University. It was observed that researchers are mainly focused on ‘gender’, ‘work-family conflict’ ‘performance’ and ‘job satisfaction’ aspects. International Journal of Human Resource Management is the most appropriate journal for contributions, followed by Gender, Work and Organization and then Human Relations. This study informs researchers by providing insights into basic background knowledge about work-life balance and a framework for visual and quantitative research. Hence, narrowing the gap between work-life balance and bibliometric analysis. Our study shows how work-life balance research has emerged and evolved and proposes potential future research agenda.

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Series: International journal of applied engineering and technology
ISSN: 2633-4828
ISSN-E: 2633-4828
ISSN-L: 2633-4828
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
Pages: 29 - 38
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
512 Business and management
Copyright information: © Roman Science Publications Inc., International Journal of Applied Engineering & Technology. Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0.