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Linking psychological capital and performance: Mediating role of positive affect and work intensity

, Joseph, T., Rose E. L.
Published in
2016
Abstract

We examine how psychological capital (PsyCap) predicts performance both directly and through the mediating role of positive affect and work intensity. The data of 406 employees from a financial services firm in the Middle East, who participated in a positive business initiative, suggest that PsyCap significantly predicts performance (measured by the perception of their branch’s performance) both directly and through the mediating role of positive affect and work intensity. However, the sequential mediation analysis provides an indication that positive affect would precede work intensity in the PsyCap performance link. Our results suggest that examining the sequential mediation effect of positive affect and work intensity is crucial and that their mediating effect should not be viewed simply as parallel processes when studying PsyCap performance link. Our findings stress the relevance of developing the positive psychological strengths both for individuals and organizations.

About the journal
JournalPresented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA.
Open AccessNo