Sustaining Regional Learning and Innovation
RGS-IBG Book Series
1. Edition December 2017
248 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
Work-Life Advantage analyses how employer-provision of 'family-friendly' working arrangements can also enhance firms' capacities for learning and innovation, in pursuit of long-term competitive advantage and socially inclusive growth. It addresses a major gap in the scholarly research and is based on 10 years of research. Bringing together major debates in labour geography, feminist geography, and regional learning, this is an essential addition to research on work-life integration and socially inclusive growth.
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
List of Tables ix
Series Editor's Preface xi
Preface and Acknowledgements xii
List of Abbreviations xv
1 Inclusive Regional Learning? 1
2 Recentering Regional Learning: Beyond Masculinist Geographies of Regional Advantage 16
3 Work?]Life Balance and its Uncertain 'Business Case' 38
4 Researching Labour Geographies of Work?-Life and Learning in Ireland and the UK 67
5 Juggling Work, Home and Family in the Knowledge Economy 86
6 Overcoming Work?-Life Conflict and the Gendered Limits to Learning and Innovation? 117
7 Work?-Life Balance, Cross?-Firm Worker Mobility and Gendered Knowledge Spillovers 145
8 Conclusions: Gendered Regional Learning and Work?-Life Advantage 176
Trevor Barnes, Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada
'The changing nature of employment, the growing diversity of the workforce and the implications for individuals and households are the questions of our time. In this fascinating book, feminist and regional economics meet head-on as James provides insights into the implications of the growth of 'knowledge work' for firms and for families in Cambridge and Dublin.'
Linda McDowell, Research Professor of Geography, University of Oxford and Honorary Professor of Geography, University of Exeter, U