Sana Baloch,


Master of Business Administration Executive

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)

Year of Award


Project Type

MBA Executive Research Project

Access Type

Restricted Access

Executive Summary

An executive MBA program opens door to new horizons for many individuals from the working class. It means different things to different people. For some it is a gateway to senior management positions, to others it is a career change pathway and to some it provides an opportunity for professional growth. Institute of Business management caters to such individuals coming from different echelons with a lifetime opportunity of getting to learn and unleash their potential in the best possible environment from industry and business leaders. This opportunity also comes with a challenge for these individuals, which is to strike a balance between their professional life, learning at IBA and personal life. Many find it difficult but not an impossible task to manage. But for some it takes a lot of courage to continue and builds a lot of pressure coping up with stress at work, completing university tasks, studying for examination and giving quality time to family.

Before the research it was perceived that problems and challenges faced by EMBA during their time at IBA may affect their productivity at work or at university and moreover

their personal and social life. Four variables have been taken into consideration for study, that are, age, category of work, Time utilization before commencing the EMBA program and excessive work load/ over worked. The results from the study show no significant relationship for most variables and work life balance of Executive MBA participants at IBA. Although many researches have been done on work life balance for individuals in general and for students but it was surprising to find hardly any specifically related to people perusing Executive MBA and there is room to explore how individuals coming from different echelons find it difficult to strike a balance between work, study and personal life or either it affects at all. Along with secondary research, a comprehensive primary research has been done involving all stakeholders (participants, families, IBA management and Professors).However, this study is limited in its ability to draw exact inferences.

A questionnaire was developed and discussed with the assigned faculty member for the purpose of studying work life balance and its effects on individuals for IBA, EMBA participants. A sample size of selected 110 participants filled this questionnaire.

- The data was analyzed in terms of percentages and inferential statistics considering all four variables

- Upon completion of the study, the variable effects on work life balance of individuals from different echelons were observed.

- EMBA Program Director, Mr. Saleem Umer was interviewed. Also, family members of participants were interviewed to get an all rounded approach so their input can be incorporated in the study.

- Conclusions were made and recommendations have been put forward based on input from all stakeholders and the results from analysis of variables.

- A difference of perception versus reality has been depicted in the study and which could be due to bias in data or social cultural aspects which as discussed further in the study.



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