Advancing conceptualization and measurement of Psychological Capital as a collective construct
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 02:19 authored by Sarah DawkinsSarah Dawkins, Angela MartinAngela Martin, Jennifer ScottJennifer Scott, Kristy Sanderson
Â© The Author(s) 2015 Psychological capital (PsyCap) has been conceptualized as an individual-level construct concerned with an employeeâ€™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.
Publication titleHuman Relations
PublisherSage Publications Ltd
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright 2015 The Authors