Religiosity as a source of influence on work engagement: a study of the Malaysian Finance industry

Bakar, R, Cooke, F and Muenjohn, N 2018, 'Religiosity as a source of influence on work engagement: a study of the Malaysian Finance industry', International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 29, no. 18, pp. 2632-2658.


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Title Religiosity as a source of influence on work engagement: a study of the Malaysian Finance industry
Author(s) Bakar, R
Cooke, F
Muenjohn, N
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume number 29
Issue number 18
Start page 2632
End page 2658
Total pages 27
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The majority of work engagement studies have been conducted using a quantitative approach with limited attention to the institutional and social contexts. Meanwhile, the role of religion in shaping people's philosophy and behaviour in life and work has been gaining attention from management researchers. Studies have revealed the positive impact of religiosity on a number of human resources and organizational outcomes. However, few studies treat religious belief as a job or personal resource from a HRM perspective. This study fills part of this research gap by focusing on the relevant factors that may affect work engagement in the Malaysian Islamic context. Drawing on data from 41 semi-structured interviews with mid-ranking professionals from the finance sector, this study responds to calls for more focus on contexts and for deeper qualitative investigations into individual dynamics that concern religiosity and work engagement. It provides evidence that religiosity plays an important role in work engagement. Our findings have implications for people management in organizations that have a diverse workforce representing multiple religions.
Subject Human Resources Management
Keyword(s) finance industry
Malaysia
personal and job resources
religiosity
training
Work engagement
DOI - identifier 10.1080/09585192.2016.1254103
Copyright notice © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN 0958-5192
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