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Psychological Capital and Beyond

 
Fred Luthans (Author)
Synopsis

Although there are as many answers to the question of how organizations can gain competitive advantage in today's global economy as there are books and experts, one lesson seems very clear: traditional answers and resources are no longer sufficient. This seminal book offers not only an answer regarding how to gain competitive advantage through people, but also a brand new, untapped human resource--psychological capital, or simply PsyCap. Generated from both the positive-psychology movement and the authors' pioneering work on positive organizational behavior, PsyCap is a rigorous concept: to be included in PsyCap, a given positive construct must be based on theory, research, and valid measurement, must be open to development, and must have measurable performance impact. The positive constructs that have been determined to best meet these PsyCap criteria--efficacy (confidence), hope, optimism, and resiliency--are covered in separate chapters in Psychological Capital and Beyond. Following an exploration of other potential positive constructs such as creativity, wisdom, well-being, flow, humor, gratitude, forgiveness, emotional intelligence, spirituality, authenticity, and courage, the authors summarize the research demonstrating the performance impact of PsyCap. They go on to provide the PsyCap Questionnaire (PCQ) as a measurement tool, and the PsyCap Intervention (PCI) as a development aid. Psychological Capital and Beyond provides theory, research, measurements and methods of application for psychological capital, a resource that can be developed and sustained for competitive advantage.  

Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction to the Meaning and Need of Psychological Capital. 2. Positive Organizational Behavior: Framework for Psychological Capital. 3. PsyCap Efficacy: Confidence. 4. PsyCap Hope: The Will and the Way. 5. PsyCap Optimism: Realistic and Flexible. 6. PsyCap Resiliency: Bouncing Back and Beyond. 7. Potential PsyCap: Creativity, Flow, Mindfulness, Gratitude and Forgiveness. 8. Potential PsyCap: Emotional Intelligence, Spirituality, Authenticity and Courage. 9. Measurement and Development of PsyCap: Assessing the Return on Investment. 10. A Roadmap for the Future.

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About the author

Fred Luthans

Fred Luthans, PhD, is University and Distinguished Professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The former president of the National Academy of Management and currently editor of three journals, he is the author of several widely known books and over 200 academic articles. His teaching and consulting have taken him all over the world.

 

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Bibliographic information

Title Psychological Capital and Beyond
Author Fred Luthans
Format Softcover
Date published: 24.10.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780197511800
length 336p.