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Work-life Balance Decision-making of Norwegian Students: Implications for Human Resources Management

Gawlik, Remigiusz and Jacobsen, Gorm (2016): Work-life Balance Decision-making of Norwegian Students: Implications for Human Resources Management. Published in: Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review , Vol. 4, No. 4 (15 December 2016): pp. 153-170.

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Abstract

Objective: The paper aims at identifying and assessing the significance of work-life balance determinants between the Youth of highly developed societies and its implications for human resources management on the example of Norway. Research Design & Methods: The research target group consists of 236 respondents recruited among Norwegian tertiary education students. It employed literature analysis , two-stage exploratory research: direct individual in-depth interviews, survey based on a self-administered, web-based questionnaire with single-answer, limited choice qualitative & quantitative, as well as explanatory research (informal moderated group discussions). Findings: The research on perceptions of determinants of quality of life and attractiveness of life strategies shows that in a country with relatively high socioeconomic development level, such as Norway, differences in rankings do exist. They can be observed in relevance to both material and non-material QoL determinants. Implications & Recommendations: The study revealed a need for deeper research on individually driven early decision-making of future employees and entrepreneurs. This will result in closer modelling of socioeconomic phenomena, including more accurate adaptation to trends on the labour market and creation of new business models. Contribution & Value Added: Research value added comes from the comparison of perceptions of quality of life determinants between countries at various stages of socioeconomic development and its implications for human resource management.

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