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Deadline: 15 October 2019

Work-life interface for independent workers

Whereas the work-life interface has been well-researched for employed people, research about independent workers, including any sort of entrepreneurs, small-business owners, the self-employed and freelancers, is in its infancy. This omission is particularly salient in times when traditional employment relations are no longer the default. Current research shows contradictory results in terms of positive or negative work-life experiences for independent workers. This heterogenous group shares one communality: independence. But what does this independence mean and entail for each member of this group? How does this independence affect their management of the so-called work-life interface and vice-versa? This special issue aims to expand our understanding of the work-life interface of independent workers as a continually evolving multi-actor, multi-perspective, multi-level interface. 

For this special issue, we welcome papers that discuss one or more of the following:

  • Critical approaches to independent workers’ work-life interface that draw on the diversity of this group at multiple levels (e.g. micro-level diversity in terms of education levels, gender, family configurations; meso-level diversity in terms of industries and business configurations; macro-level diversity in terms of country and cultural context);
  • Trade-offs and strategies for work-life conflict, work-life balance, and/or work-life enrichment, and how these concepts are connected to the sense of independence at work, work-life preferences, work-life management;
  • The positive and negative impacts of the often volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment in which independent workers are embedded, especially in relation to the globalization and digitalization of independent workers’ work-life interface and;
  • The roles of networks, entrepreneurial communities and the entrepreneurial ecosystems on helping independent workers to start and grow their ventures while maintaining a functioning work-life interface, for example in terms of positive spillover or positive compensation.

We welcome both empirical and theoretical papers without being bounded by any particular definition of independent workers, as long as the definition is made explicit in the manuscript. We also welcome papers from diverse and multiple academic disciplines, as long as papers are well-anchored in the work-life field. Diverse methodological approaches, in particular mixed methods, are welcome. In line with Community, Work and Family journal we look for regular papers, policy notes, research notes and voices articles (see below).

Submission Guidelines

When preparing your submission, please follow CWF's Instructions for Authors.

Types of submission accepted in this special issue:

  • Regular articles for this journal should be no more than 8000 words, inclusive of tables, references, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes.
  • Policy notes, with a length of about 3000 words. Policy notes briefly report on research or policy developments with relevant implications for other researchers or policymakers in the field. A Policy note should describe the policy development or intervention, and its broader implications. Policy notes do not extensively discuss theoretical implications.
  • Research notes, with a length of about 3000 words. A research note reports on a recently conducted novel research project. It should be relevant for other researchers or policymakers in the field. The research note discusses the project (methods), the main results and implications and generally does not contain a theoretical framework.
  • Voices articles, with a length between 1000 and 1500 words, give a platform to the views of people not necessarily heard in academic journals. They can relate to current issues in the field of community, work and family and/or respond to an issue or debate that has recently been raised in the journal and need not be refereed.

Specific inquiries should be sent by email to Jean-Charles E. Languilaire.

Guest Editors

Dr. Jean-Charles E. Languilaire, Affiliate Researcher, Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership, Jönköping University, Sweden & Work-life Co-active Coach, JCL Humanistic Consulting, Sweden. Email Jean-Charles

Dr. Konjit Hailu Gudeta, School of Commerce, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & Post Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Email Konjit

Dr. Katherina Kuschel, Dirección de Investigación. Vicerrectoría de Investigación y Postgrado, Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, Chile. Email Katherina

Dr. Nicholas J. Beutell, LaPenta School of Business, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. Email Nicholas


Submission deadline full paper: 15 October 2019

First revisions due: 15 January 2020

Final revisions due: 30 march 2020

Expected publication date: mid 2020

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