Russo, M., & Morandin, G. (2023). A network approach to work-family conflict. Human Resource Management Review, 33(2), 100943.

Most human behaviours, including those instrumental for reducingWork–Family Conflict (WFC), take place in the context of socialrelationships. However, the role of social networks in an individual’s WFCgoal pursuit process has not received sufficient attention, as most currentresearch is dominated by an agentic perspective that argues that individualspossess the capabilities to change the demands and resources associated withtheir roles freely. We believe that the reality faced by many workers is morecomposite, as the various work and family stakeholders present in anindividual’s network can create significant constraints and opportunitiesthat are capable of inhibiting or enhancing their agency. In this paper, weaim to examine how the ecosystem of network relationships in an individual’social network can influence his or her overall capability to minimise WFC.Building on insights from dynamic network theory, a recently introducedframework in the social network literature, we propose a conceptual modelthat explains the specific roles that work and family stakeholders (i.e.,supporters, preventers, resistors, reactors, negators, interactants, orobservers) can assume with respect to goal strivers’ attempts to manage WFC.Building on prior work-family and social network research, we illustrate howtwo characteristics of the network in which an individual is embedded (i.e.,centrality and density) can shape the magnitude of social network influenceon WFC. Implications for theory and practice are also discussed. • Thisarticle proposes a framework to examine WFC from a social networkperspective. • We present a model describing the network effects onindividuals’ capabilities to reducing WFC. • We consider some networkcharacteristics (centrality of the goal striver and network density) asboundary conditions of the proposed relationships.