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Research Seminar Series - Entrepreneurs, Work-Family Balance and Subjective Well-being

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START DATE 14 November 2018

Middlesex University Dubai, Oasis Theatre

END DATE 14 November 2018

We are pleased to invite you to Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held on November 14th  from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 230 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Dr Jason Fitzsimmons will deliver seminar on:

Entrepreneurs, Work-Family Balance and Subjective Well-being



Being an entrepreneur has been characterized as one of the most stressful jobs one can undertake. Entrepreneurs in particular, face working conditions that are more extreme than those of salaried employees, including higher levels of uncertainty, responsibility, complexity, more intense time pressures and longer working hours. These working conditions can lead to additional stresses above and beyond those experienced by employees and consequently, it is not surprising then, that increasing interest is being placed on the mental health and well-being of entrepreneurs. One considerable source of stress for entrepreneurs is the increasingly blurring of boundaries between work commitments and family responsibilities, and the related stresses associated with excessive work-family role integration.  While much of the research on the work-family interface continues to emphasize conflict, stress and impaired well-being, more recent research suggests work and family roles can actually enrich one another through resources being transferred across roles. Achieving work-life balance across domains including work, family, leisure and other activities is a major contributor to an individual’s assessment of their overall well-being. In this study we used the Action Regulation Model of Hirschi et al (2018) which suggests that individuals will adopt different action strategies associated with goals, resources, and barriers to goal attainment in order to attain work-life balance. Using a sample of eighty-four (84) Emirati female entrepreneurs (Founders, Co-founders and CEO’s) and one hundred and five (105) employed Emirati females (lower, middle and senior management levels) located in the United Arab Emirates. In support of the Action Regulation Model framework, we find that entrepreneurs do indeed make efforts to allocate resources in order to reduce conflict with the aim of enhancing work family balance. The findings have implications for our understanding of strategies that entrepreneurs can adopt in order to achieve the desired goal of work family balance.


Dr Jason Fitzsimmons is the Chairperson at the School of Business at Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Dubai as well as Dean of Executive Education. Before moving to Dubai he spent a number of years in Singapore and Malaysia, firstly as Director of MBA Programs and the Alumni Relations Office at U21Global Graduate School in Singapore and then as Dean of the School of Business at GlobalNxt University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to this, he was with the Brisbane Graduate School of Business at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He has also had significant industry experience and was involved in several successful startup ventures. Dr Fitzsimmons has a PhD (Physics) and MBA from the Queensland University of Technology with research interests in entrepreneurship and new venture finance.

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