Drawing on the conservation of resources (COR) theory, we examine the role of two types of family support—emotional and instrumental support—in work-family balance and subjective well-being of small and medium enterprise (SME) owners. Using a sample of French SME owners, our results show that work-family balance mediates the relationship between family support and subjective well-being of SME owners. Surprisingly, while emotional support has a positive association, instrumental support has a negative association with the subjective well-being of SME owners via work-family balance. We provide a theoretical explanation by integrating COR theory with the threat to self-esteem model.

conservation of resources theory, emotional support, instrumental support, owners, Small and medium enterprises, subjective well-being, threat to self-esteem model, work-family balance
dx.doi.org/10.1080/00472778.2019.1659675, hdl.handle.net/1765/125958
Journal of Small Business Management
Department of Applied Economics

Leung, Y.K, Mukerjee, J. (Jinia), & Thurik, A.R. (2020). The role of family support in work-family balance and subjective well-being of SME owners. Journal of Small Business Management, 58(1), 130–163. doi:10.1080/00472778.2019.1659675