Psychological Capital and Beyond

Hardcover | March 25, 2015

byFred Luthans, Carolyn M. Youssef-Morgan, Bruce J. Avolio

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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 answerregarding 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 rigorousconcept: 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 PsyCapIntervention (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.Each copy includes a complimentary PsyCap online self-assessment.

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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 answerregarding how to gain competitive advantage ...

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 wo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.49 × 6.42 × 0.91 inPublished:March 25, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction to the Meaning and Need of Psychological Capital2. Positive Organizational Behavior: Framework for Psychological Capital3. PsyCap Efficacy: Confidence4. PsyCap Hope: The Will and the Way5. PsyCap Optimism: Realistic and Flexible6. PsyCap Resiliency: Bouncing Back and Beyond7. Potential PsyCap: Creativity, Flow, Mindfulness, Gratitude, and Forgiveness8. Potential PsyCap: Emotional Intelligence, Spirituality, Authenticity, and Courage9. Measurement and Development of PsyCap: Assessing the Return on Investment10. A Roadmap for the Future