It has been suggested that household and family responsibilities may adversely impact the career success achieved by women. This paper examines the number of hours spent weekly on household tasks by male and female business school graduates. Analysis of variance and multiple regression revealed that the presence of children increases the number of hours spent on household tasks by all graduates, but the effect is most pronounced for female graduates. The presence of children adds from three to ten hours per week to the workload of male graduates and from ten to 20 hours per week to the workload of female graduates. Effective organizational initiatives and changes in expectations within families and society are needed so that graduates of business schools, particularly women, can accommodate the careers for which they have been educated as well as their household responsibilities.

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Keywords Business graduates, Children, Elder care, Family life, Gender, Time
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1108/09649429810215848
Journal Women in Management Review
Citation
Bujaki, M, & Mckeen, C.A. (Carol A.). (1998). Hours spent on household tasks by business school graduates. Women in Management Review, 13(3), 105–113. doi:10.1108/09649429810215848