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From sense of competence to work–life and life–work enhancements of medical doctors: Sen’s capability approach

Tran T.H. Trang (International School of Business, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Nguyen Dinh Tho (International School of Business, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and School of Business, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 19 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing upon the capability approach, this study aims to investigate the impact of sense of competence on work–life and life–work enhancements. It also examines the mediating roles of mindfulness and flow at work in the above relationships.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of 254 medical doctors in various hospitals in Vietnam was surveyed to validate the measures via confirmatory factor analysis and to test the model and hypotheses using structural equation modeling.

Findings

The results demonstrate that mindfulness and flow at work fully mediate the effects of sense of competence on both work–life and life–work enhancements, but sense of competence does not have any direct effect on both.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study is among the first to examine the roles of sense of competence, mindfulness and flow at work in work–life and life–work enhancements, adding further insight into the literature on work–life balance. It also offers evidence for the capacity approach in explaining work–life and life–work enhancements in an emerging market, Vietnam.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a grant from the UEH-International School of Business Research Program (Grant No. C-2018-TTHT-1).

Conflict of interest: The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

Citation

Trang, T.T.H. and Tho, N.D. (2022), "From sense of competence to work–life and life–work enhancements of medical doctors: Sen’s capability approach", Management Research Review, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-05-2022-0382

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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