Understanding the impact of family-to-work conflict/enrichment on the performance of entrepreneurial firms: A conservation of resources perspective


  • Y. Lu Macquarie University, Australia
  • Y. Han Xiamen University, China
  • Y. Wang Macquarie University, Australia
  • Y. Tang Xiamen University, China


Drawing upon conservation of resources theory and family-work literature, the paper develops a model to examine how family-to-work conflict (FWC) and family-to-work enrichment (FWE) shape the performance of entrepreneurial firms directly and indirectly through the mediation of entrepreneurial commitments. The model also explores the potential role of entrepreneurs’ internal dispositions, in the form of their key personal resources, in moderating the relationships between FWC/FWE and entrepreneurial commitments (and, hence, business performance). Empirical results from a study of 261 entrepreneurial firms in China provide support for our conceptual model. The paper has importantimplications for both entrepreneurship research and practices.
Keywords: Family-to-work conflict, family-to-work enrichment, entrepreneurial commitment, key personal resources, performance, China