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Omar M.K.,University of TechnologySelangor | Zakaria A.,University of TechnologySelangor
Advanced Science Letters | Year: 2015

The balance between work and non-work lives has been the subject of debate among academicians, practitioners, and policy makers over the past two decades. This is because significant changes in the demographics in modern societies have blurred the boundary and the interactions between work and other life’s interests. However the term work-life balance itself is still inconclusive as there were some studies that referred it as workfamily balance. Additionally, the studies of work-life balance were lacking in terms of consistent measurements that actually assessed both work-and non-work interfaces. Therefore, this conceptual study aims to better understand the difference between work-family balance and work-life balance based on review of various literatures for the benefits of both academics and human resource practitioners. At the end of this paper, a measurement called satisfaction with work-life balance is proposed to better operationalised work-life balance concept. © 2015 American Scientific Publishers. All rights reserved.

Rahman S.A.,University of TechnologySelangor | Ibrahim Z.,University of TechnologySelangor | Paiman M.J.,University of TechnologySelangor | Bakar A.A.,University of TechnologySelangor | Amin Z.M.,University of TechnologySelangor
Advanced Science Letters | Year: 2015

The problem solving frameworks (PSFs) reported in the management and decision sciences literature are sourced from practical exercises of practitioners and/or improvement/revision of an earlier framework. The establishment of PSFs in these ways follows bottom up approach. Against this approach, this paper offers a top down approach of establishment of decision processes and problem solving framework by looking into the Pragmaticism’s scientific method (PSM). As far as this paper concerns, PSM as a problem solving framework was not fully examined in the realm of management and decision science. This paper presents the synthesis on abductive inference of PSM. The goal of the synthesis is to derive the decision processes and strategies contained in abductive inference. The synthesis has resulted in the identification of decision sub-processes of abductive inference namely invention, selection and entertainment. This paper posits that these three decision sub-processes are aligned with strategies formulated in other problem solving frameworks in practice. © 2015 American Scientific Publishers. All rights reserved.

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