Corporate Decision-Making Process: How Organizations Decide to Adopt Work/Life Initiatives


  • Alison Cook

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2004


  • Dependent Care
  • Flexible Work Arrangements/Flexibility
  • Leave
  • Managers/Supervisors
  • Public Policy


  • Business and Management


Organizations adopt work-life initiatives for a variety of reasons. Research has focused on investigating firm characteristics that may be linked to policy adoption. Scholars have differed as to the explanation of which characteristics drive the adoption decision as well as to why these specific characteristics are influential. Firm adoption of work-life programs has primarily been examined within the frameworks of institutional theory (DiMaggio & Powell, 1983), resource dependence theory (Pfeffer & Salancik, 1978), managerial interpretation (Milliken et al., 1998), and organizational adaptation (Daft & Weick, 1984).

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