Purpose: To determine the antecedents of happiness and compare academicians and non-academicians in selected Dubai Universities.
Design/methodological/approach: Qualitative research using in-depth interviews followed by cross-sectional surveys of teaching staff and non-teaching staff from different universities in Dubai.?
Findings: There is no significant relationship between knowledge sharing and happiness of academics and well as non-academics. Happiness is significantly related to the other factors.
Research implications and limitations: The small sample size of the academic group and the study was targeted at the university staff in Dubai only.
Practical implications: The findings of this research gives useful recommendations to Universities to improve happiness among their academic as well as non-academic staff. It will also provide recommendations for developmental purposes for the University of Dubai and the UAE’s “Happiness and Positivity program.”
Originality/value: No known research studies the determinants of happiness for academics and non-academics in Dubai Universities.
Paper type: Research paper
How to Cite
Happiness, Life satisfaction, Job Satisfaction, Work-family conflict, Autonomy, Academics
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