Multi-National Work-Family Research Project
(Project 3535)

Dr. Karen Korabik

E-mail: [email protected]

Karen Korabik received a M.S. in Personality/Social Psychology in 1973 and a Ph.D. in Evaluative/Applied Psychology in 1975 from St. Louis University. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. Dr. Korabik is a core faculty member in the Department's Industrial/Organizational and Applied Social Psychology Programs and is affiliated with the Centre for Families, Work, and Well-Being. She was a founding member of the University of Guelph's Women's Studies Program. She is also a consultant to Organizational and Management Solutions. 

Dr. Korabik is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 35- Psychology of Women). She has carried out research in numerous public and private sector organizational settings both in Canada and abroad and has published over 40 book chapters and scientific articles on topics relating to gender. These include investigations of the relationship of gender to organizational acculturation; leadership and conflict management; stress, coping, and social support; career patterns and job change; and work-family balance. She has also examined the impact of skewed gender ratios on women in nontraditional occupations in a number of areas (e.g., sexual harassment, solidarity behavior, legitimization of authority, and relationships with supervisors and subordinates).

She is a single mother with a teenage daughter who she adopted from China as an infant.

 Selected Publications and Presentations

* denotes work pertaining to Project 3535

McManus, K., Korabik, K., Rosin, H.M., & Kelloway, E.K. (2002). Employed mothers and the work-family interface: Does family structure matter? Human Relations, 55(11), 1295-1324.

*Korabik, K., Lero, D., & Ayman, R. (2003). A multi-level approach to cross-cultural work-family research: A micro- and macro-level perspective. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 3 (3), 289-303.

*Ayman, R., Korabik, K., & Lero, D.S. (2004, April). Advancing knowledge on the work-family interface through a cross-cultural approach: A multi-level and multi-national project. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

*McElwain, A., Korabik, K. & Chappell, D. (2004, August). Beyond gender: Re-examining work-family conflict and work-family guilt in the context of gender-role orientation.  International Society for the study of Work and Organizational Values, New Orleans, LA.

*Korabik, K. & Lero, D.S. (2004, August). The work-family interface in Canada: Preliminary quantitative and qualitative findings.  17th International Congress on Cross-Cultural Psychology, Xi'an, People's Republic of China.

McElwain, A., Korabik, K. & Rosin, H.M. (2005). An examination of gender differences in work-family conflict. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 37 (4), 269-284.

McElwain, A. & Korabik, K. (2005). Work-family guilt. In Pitt-Catsouphes, M. & Kossek, E.E. (Eds). The work-family encyclopedia. http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/wfnetwork/rft/wfpedia

*McElwain, A., Korabik, K., & Chappell, D.B. (2005, June). The work-family guilt scale. Canadian Psychological Association, Montreal, Quebec.

Chappell, D.B., Korabik, K., & McElwain, A. (2005, June). The effects of gender-role attitudes on work-family conflict and work-family guilt. Canadian Psychological Association, Montreal, Quebec

*McElwain, A., Korabik, K., & Chappell, D.B. (2005, June). The impact of work-family conflict on work-family guilt. Canadian Psychological Association, Montreal, Quebec.

*Korabik, K. (2005, June).  Alleviating work-family conflict for women managers in a global context. Roundtable presentation at the Eastern Academy of Management International Conference: Managing in a Global Economy XI, Cape Town, South Africa.

*Lero, D.S., Ayman, R., Aycan, Z., Drach-Zahay, A., Mawardi, A., Poelmans, S., Pande desai, T., Huang, T.P., Rajadhyaksha, U., Somech, A. Korabik, K., Hammer, L. & Bardoel, (2006, July) Theory and method for studying work-family conflict in a multi-national context. 18th International Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Spetes, Greece.

*Korabik, K., Ayman, R., Lero, D.S., Antani, A., McElwain, A., Velgach, S. & Ishaya, N. (2006, July). Work-family conflict in North America: A comparison of the USA and Canada.  18th International Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Spetes, Greece.

*Poelmans, S., Ayman, R., Korabik, K., Rajhadyaksha, U., Huang, T.P., Lero, D.S., & Pade Desai, T. (2006, July). How far is too far? Comparing Spain, Taiwan, India, US and Canada on work-family conflict.  18th International Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Spetes, Greece.

*Lero, D.S., Korabik, K., & McElwain, A. (2006, July). Workplace support, workplace culture and work-family conflict in Canada. 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece.

*Korabik, K., McKie, A., McElwain, A., & Lero, D.S. (2006, July). Cultural orientation and work-family conflict in Canada. 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece.

Warner, M. & Korabik, K. (2007, June). Understanding the role of coworker reactions in work interference with family and work-to-family enrichment. Canadian Psychological Association. Ottawa, ON.

*McElwain, A., Korabik, K., & Lero, D.S. (2007, June). Coping mechanisms in work-family conflict. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association. Ottawa, ON.

Korabik, K., McElwain, A., Warner, M., & Lero, D.S. (2007, July).  The impact of coworker support and resentment on work-family conflict. Proceedings of the 2nd IESE Conference on Work and Family, Barcelona, Spain.

*Risavy, S. D., McElwain, A., Korabik, K., & Lero, D. S. (2008, June). Work-family conflict and organizational outcomes: The impact of gender and polychronic time preference. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, N.S.

Warner, M., Hausdorf, P., & Korabik, K. (2008, June).  Using need and enrichment theory to understand the work-family interface. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, N.S.

*Oliver, T., Korabik, K., McElwain, A., & Lero, D. (2008, June). The effects of family-friendly workplace policies on work interference-with-family and organizational outcomes. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, N.S.

Korabik, K., Lero, D.S., & Whitehead, D. L. (Eds). (2008). The handbook of work-family integration: Theories, research & best practices. San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Korabik, K., McElwain, A. & Chappell, D. B. (2008). Integrating gender-related issues into research on work and family. In K. Korabik, D.S. Lero & D. L. Whitehead (Eds). The handbook of work-family integration: Theories, research & best practices.  (pp. 215-232). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.