Doctoral students’ well-being in United Kingdom business schools: A survey of personal experience and support mechanisms

McCray, Janet and Joseph-Richard, Paul (2021) Doctoral students’ well-being in United Kingdom business schools: A survey of personal experience and support mechanisms. The International Journal of Management Education, 19 (2). ISSN 14728117

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Abstract

We present the perspectives on mental well-being of 63 Doctoral students (DS) undertaking a PhD in business schools in United Kingdom (UK) universities. Utilising a cross-sectional survey, the aims of this study are to 1. Capture business and management doctoral students' (DSs) views on their mental well-being and the factors that affect it. 2. Critically review the influence of the business school learning environment on doctoral student well-being. 3. Reflect on the effectiveness of business schools’ support for the well-being of doctoral students.
Findings indicate that many business school doctoral students viewed their mental well-being negatively and more than half considered their personal well-being as their own problem. Personal and interpersonal factors caused a very high percentage of their negative mental well-being issues, with the majority of research supervisors being viewed as a positive support.
However, in business school doctoral training programmes, respondents reported minimal input on managing and understanding their personal well-being, despite research which correlates faculty and departmental support for well-being and PhD completion. In the light of these findings we suggest that individual business schools should review their training curriculum for doctoral students to prevent over-reliance on the supervisory team and offer more formal training on managing mental well-being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business schools, Doctoral students, Well-being, Survey
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Departments > Education
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router Jisc
Depositing User: Publications Router Jisc
Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 10:12
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 10:12
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5696

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