Family relocation: worse or just different?

Jane K. Matthiesen

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    Organisational relocation directly affects the family. It is thus often assumed that relocation is more difficult for individuals with families; however, few studies actually examine this premise. This paper investigates whether family status plays a role in relocation by comparing single individuals to married individuals. The paper uses qualitative and quantitative indicators to uncover subtle nuances between the groups and, on the basis of these, develops proposition for future research to test. Quantitative indicators highlight several important differences: Individuals with families report a greater number of moving tasks and difficulties; family relocation is viewed as more complex because of the impact of non-relocation related factors; and employees with families experience more negative and positive consequences of relocation. Qualitative techniques help to uncover subtle differences between groups and suggest that although relocation for families is different from individual relocation, it is not necessarily worse. RP0721.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBirmingham
    PublisherAston University
    ISBN (Print)9781854497116
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


    • organisational relocation
    • family
    • relocation
    • family status
    • single individuals
    • married individuals


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