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Significance of developing spirituality among management students: discerning the impact on psychological resources and wellbeing

P.M. Nimmi (Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)
Alka K. Binoy (Psychology, Sahrdaya College of Advanced Studies, Thrissur, India)
George Joseph (DDU-KK, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)
R. Suma (Management, Nehru School of Management, Thiruvilwamala, India)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Article publication date: 25 February 2021

Issue publication date: 27 January 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The unending ambivalence in the academic environment and the job market is detrimental to management graduates' wellbeing. The study looks into the possible intervening methods to enhance the wellbeing of students during difficult times. The study proposes spirituality development as means through which psychological resources like perceived employability and psychological capital are developed in an individual. This study also tries to identify how spirituality development leads to life wellbeing among management students.

Design/methodology/approach

Cross-sectional study was conducted among 212 management students from Kerala, India. Multi-stage random sampling was used to collect data. Structural equation modelling using IBM-AMOS was done to gain insights into the proposed relationships.

Findings

The results indicated that spirituality had a significant impact on the wellbeing of management students. Both perceived employability and psychological capital mediated the relationship between spirituality and life wellbeing.

Research limitations/implications

The positive impact of developing spirituality among students is discussed in the paper with the theoretical underpinning of broaden and build theory. The findings suggest that colleges should try to make their campus climate more supportive of students' non-academic needs and open them to a spiritual environment especially during these challenging times.

Originality/value

The study is one of the first attempts to discern how spirituality development leads to an accumulation of psychological resources and life wellbeing among management graduates'.

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Citation

Nimmi, P.M., Binoy, A.K., Joseph, G. and Suma, R. (2022), "Significance of developing spirituality among management students: discerning the impact on psychological resources and wellbeing", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 317-331. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-10-2020-0372

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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