To manage the research activities and ensure funding, the institute has also established a Research Consortium, thus creating an effective platform for corporate bodies and internationally renowned academia to collaborate in research, finding solutions to the conflict in the work-family interface, with a view to enhancing productivity and the individual’s quality of life.
Corporate membership to the Consortium is through subscription. Participating member companies will have their specific needs investigated along with the general research program. Thus they will gain insight into their peculiar situation, and have the opportunity to compare themselves with their peers, within and outside Nigeria. This however, will be voluntary.
Other benefits includes:
Participation in annual work-family benchmarking research study
Access to IWFI custom training workshops at reduced costs
Network with other companies on work-family issues
Access IWFI and Lagos Business School Personnel for talks about family-friendly HR practices
Attend IWFI annual conferences for up to three employees
Earn the IWFI certification as “Work-family-supportive organization”
Obtain its own research results and consortium averages.
Opt-in for consideration and have access to best-in-class aggregate data
The Steering Committee consist of seven members that shares the responsibility of providing administrative and scientific direction to the institute’s research programs. They also exercise oversight functions and review time-line and progress of research projects. Members includes:
From left to right:
Ist row (Prof. Albert Alos-IWFI Research Director, Dr. Okechukwu Amah-LBS representative,Prof. Chantal Epie-Pan Atlantic University) 2nd row (Prof. Samuel Aryee- Kings College London, Prof. Christiane Spitzmueller-University of Houston)
Prof. Albert Alos
Dr. Okechukwu Amah, Representative of LBS
Prof. Chantal Epie, Pan Atlantic University
Prof. Samuel Aryee, Kings College London
Dr. Christiane Spitzmuler, University of Houston
Currently there are three on-going research as follows:
1. Healthy Work, Healthy Schools and Healthy Families
Prof. Christiane Spitzmuler (Principal Researcher)
Dr. Eugene Ohu (Co-researcher)
This research is on-going with the authorization of the Lagos State government in various schools across Lagos.
2. Work-Family Indices in Organizations
Prof. Chantal Epie (Principal Researcher)
Dr. Okechukwu Amah(Co-Researcher)
3. Work-Family Friendly Policies in a Nigerian Bank
Prof. Samuel Aryee (Principal Researcher)
Dr. Eugene Ohu (Co-Researcher)
IWFI participated in 2014 at the International Conference on Work-family Interface in Barcelona, where she presented preliminary results on the on-going joint research with LBS and the University of Houston, on Healthy Work, Healthy Schools and Healthy Families. The report which is based on seven hundred (700) students and their parents in the Lekki area, shows very intriguing results such as that ;
77% of household in the Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki areas, are dual income families and Mothers’ stating that their organization is supportive and cares about them relates positively to the extent to which their child states they are healthy, etc.
.Figure 1 Participants, including IWFI Research department members, at the International Conference on Work-family Interface in Barcelona.
Figure 2 Professor Alos (2nd from L) and Anne Osezua (3rd from L) and other participants at the International Conference on Work-Family Interface in Barcelona.