Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, PhD
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
psychological climate; employee engagement; wellbeing
Research coalescing around psychological climate, engagement, and wellbeing has been receiving considerable attention in management and HRD literature recently. However, research associated with these variables has generally been limited to for-profit businesses and organizations with little of note done using higher educational institutions. Thus, this cross sectional research study examined the extent to which psychological climate, engagement, and wellbeing are associated with each other in higher educational institutions. The study begins with an overview of how these variables have been identified as being connected with each other in research and practice, as well as discusses context specific factors in higher education (i.e. changing nature of operations and an increasing emphasis on employee wellbeing) that warrant the need for this study. A sample of 259 people employed by institutions of higher education in the United States was surveyed. Using mediation and moderation analyses, the study showed that psychological climate, engagement, and wellbeing are positively associated with each other, and that engagement mediated the relationship between psychological climate and wellbeing. Additionally, results indicated that employee role in higher education (i.e. vii faculty or staff) did not moderate the relationship between psychological climate and wellbeing. Finally, no significant differences in wellbeing were found between faculty and staff. Implications for HRD theory and research, as well as specific recommendations for leaders and administrators in higher education are discussed.
Osam, Ebo Kobena Atomo, "An examination of the linkages between climate, engagement, and wellbeing in higher education." (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3061.