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Advancing conceptualization and measurement of Psychological Capital as a collective construct


Dawkins, S and Martin, A and Scott, J and Sanderson, Kristy, Advancing conceptualization and measurement of Psychological Capital as a collective construct, Human Relations, 68, (6) pp. 925-949. ISSN 0018-7267 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0018726714549645


© The Author(s) 2015 Psychological capital (PsyCap) has been conceptualized as an individual-level construct concerned with an employee’s state of positive psychological development. However, research has now started to examine PsyCap as a collective phenomenon. Although positive associations between team-level PsyCap and team-level functioning have been demonstrated empirically, there has been limited synopsis regarding the theoretical and measurement foundations of PsyCap at higher levels of analysis. This conceptual article extends collective PsyCap scholarship by applying a multilevel-multireferent framework to explore alternate conceptualizations of collective PsyCap. The framework furthers understanding of PsyCap at higher levels by exploring unique antecedents and emergent processes relating to five proposed forms of collective PsyCap. A series of testable propositions pertaining to the antecedent network of collective PsyCap are offered to guide empirical multilevel PsyCap research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisation and management theory
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Employment patterns and change
UTAS Author:Dawkins, S (Dr Sarah Dawkins)
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
UTAS Author:Scott, J (Professor Jenn Scott)
UTAS Author:Sanderson, Kristy (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
ID Code:93388
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2014-07-31
Last Modified:2018-11-07
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