International Journal of Women in the Business World (IJWOB) is a journal that aims to bring different and fresh views on specifically studies on women in the business sector. It is a per annum journal to aid the distribution and exchange of women and family research in the multidisciplinary, international area of women’s studies and in other disciplines. The policy of the journal is to establish a women and family focused platform for discussion and debate in the business sector.

The IJWOB aims to focus on issues such as disadvantages of women in business life, working conditions for women, social and legal issues concerning working women. International Journal of Women in the Business World/IJWOB is designated as an academic an peer reviewed international journal that aims to bring these issues to global public attention.

The journal is starting its publication life with the view of creating a balance between family and work and help to create family-friendly businesses and business environment as a whole. IJWOB believes that raising family friendly businesses positively effect company performance. In the long-run, this benefits organizational performance and generates high-performance organizations (HPO’s), thereby benefiting communities and society. IJWOB is going to carry the agenda of harmonising the business world and family values to an intellectual platform.

The concept of “family-friendly” business or workplace is based on the operation of the workplace and government policies that affect business operations. A family-friendly workplace or employer is one whose policies make it possible for employees to more easily balance family and work, and fulfill both their family and work obligations. Besides businesses, government as a major employer has to promote family-friendly policies which include laws, regulations, and social policies that recognize the importance of families to society. These also include acting to meet, directly or indirectly, the needs of children, parents, disabled family members, and the oldest generation. Family-friendly workplace policies include day care, in-house day care, flex-time or flexible working schedules, job sharing, or temporary or permanent switches to part-time. (e.g. s new mother), allowing “work away” from the work place.

Family-friendly policies allow parents to spend more and better time with their children and strengthen family bonds and allows parents to interact with their children without the burden of guilt and or the stress of time pressure. When this reduces the potential for child abuse, stress not only for parents, but for anyone caring for a family member, or coping with a difficult personal medical problem and increases the potential for close relationships.

Moreover, family-friendly policies to “balance work and family” makes family life more manageable. By creating a better work-family balance, family-friendly policies allow employees in two-income or single parent families to improve their economic status and quality of life. They contribute a number of advantages for the community and the society at large and help the values of an egalitarian and democratic society.

Against this background, the IJWOB seeks to critique and reconceptualize existing knowledge on traditional and non-traditional values and policies, and examine and re-evaluate the manner in which knowledge is produced and distributed concernign women in business and to assess the implications of women and family focused policies and practices in the business world.

We seek contributions from policy makers, academics, scholars, people in the business world individually or collectively, from different countries and different backgrounds, who are engaged in interdiciplinary studies on such issues women and business. We welcome a variety of approaches and resources through the whole range of disciplines: practical and theoretical research. We seek to encourage all contributors to draw out these issues in their articles. We also invite conference reports and announcements, calls for papers, notices of new publications and reports.

On behalf of IWFA we are pleased to express our gratitude to all researchers who submit their papers to the journal and forthcoming congress.