Abstract

As individuals with high levels of autonomy, entrepreneurs can utilize permeable boundaries between work and family roles to intensify their work and increase work-family conflict as in the greedy role perspective, or to manage the demands of the two roles and reduce work-family conflict as in the flexible resource perspective. Permeable boundaries offer more channels for one role to influence and infuse the other, resulting in an open interface and integration or blurring between roles. We examine the role blurring that occurs when the work family boundary is physically permeable and a venture is located physically within the home. Our research questions are: Do entrepreneurs experience reduced or exacerbated work-family conflict from home-based ventures? What impact does ethnic background have?

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