In 2006, Fred Luthans coauthored the book Psychological Capital, in which he detailed how boosting positivity in work environments ultimately advanced worker’s productivity. Organizations have been encouraged to provide more psychological resources in order to increase employee moral and, ultimately, their efficiency. Luthans’s colleague and fellow writer of Psychological Capital, Carolyn M. Youssef-Morgan expands on her research in her article entitled “Advancing OB Research: An Illustration Using Psychological Capital” from Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies’s special issue on Psychological Capital.
This article traces the progression of psychological capital (PsyCap) research from its emergence to its current state, now after a decade, including a recent meta-analysis and a critical review of the PsyCap literature. PsyCap is presented here as an example of initializing, building, expanding, generalizing, and applying a new research stream in the field of organizational behavior. Emphasis is placed on the critical role of early and ongoing theory building, rigorous measurement, design and implementation of evidence-based empirical studies and interventions, and strategic collaboration across disciplines, cultures, and levels of analysis. Recommendations for assimilation, visibility, and moving forward within the academic and professional communities are offered.
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