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Leadership in Action: A Work and Family Agenda for the Future

How did the "field" of work-family research develop so quickly and richly over the last 10 to 15 years? After alL it was only a little over 25 years aga that sociologist Rosabeth Moss Kanter (1977) bemoaned the scholarly separation of work and family; and as recently as 20 years ago that the average number of peer-reviewed articles produced by scholars each year on the topic of work and fami Iy totaled just 20 (Estes. 20(3). As the chapters in this handbook attest. however, a vibrant work-family field now exists. Beyond a greater number of peer-reviewed articles, we have seen increasingly more conferences. conference panels, special issues of journals, and books devoted to working families and the changing workplace. What accounts for the rapid growth of this field?