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Psychological capital: A review and synthesis

journal contribution
posted on 2014-02-01, 00:00 authored by Alexander NewmanAlexander Newman, D Ucbasaran, F Zhu, G Hirst
The concept of psychological capital (PsyCap) has attracted a great deal of interest from both academics and practitioners and has been linked to employee attitudes, behavior and performance at different levels of analysis. Yet, the nature of the concept, its measurement, the factors that influence its development, and when and how it influences individual-level, team-level and organizational-level outcomes are the subject of continued debate in the literature. This article offers a detailed and focused review of the existing literature on PsyCap, with the aim of developing an agenda for future research. In particular, we call for researchers to pay greater attention to possible multi-level applications of PsyCap research, examine the underlying mechanisms by which PsyCap influences individual-level, team-level and organizational-level outcomes, and identify possible factors that may moderate the relationship between PsyCap and its outcomes. In doing this, we provide a roadmap for scholars to progress the development of the field. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

History

Journal

Journal of organizational behavior

Volume

35

Issue

SUPPL.1

Pagination

S120 - S138

Publisher

Wiley

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

0894-3796

eISSN

1099-1379

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2014, John Wiley & Sons