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The Role of Psychological Capital in Entrepreneurial Contexts

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Psychological capital is a central topic in academic research on positive organizational psychology and behavior. Psychological capital is defined as an individual person’s psychological capacity to handle and to respond to challenging situations. Self-efficacy, optimism, hope, and resiliency are the ...

Psychological capital is a central topic in academic research on positive organizational psychology and behavior. Psychological capital is defined as an individual person’s psychological capacity to handle and to respond to challenging situations. Self-efficacy, optimism, hope, and resiliency are the keystones of psychological capital. In the working environment, it has been proven as one vital factor for organizational and managerial performance. Important research questions related to psychological capital include its relationships to employee attitudes, behaviors, performance, as well as methodological issues (e.g., measurement) for researching this construct. For example, research has revealed that psychological capital helps prevent undesirable working attitude (e.g., cynicism) and behaviors (e.g., deviation).

As the literature and practical importance of psychological capital is growing, more studies are needed for more fine-grained knowledge accumulation and advancement. For example, studies could investigate psychological capital’s essence, functions, and implications in different contexts. For example, what constitutes an individual ‘s psychological capital, and how it differs between for-profit and non-profit organizations. Another instance, startup new ventures and mature enterprises might require different kind of psychological capital and functionalities. Thus, psychological capital in an entrepreneurial context, as a refined construct, is strongly demanded during the complex processing of entrepreneurial activities for the new venture success.

Furthermore, interdisciplinary research between psychological capital and other scientific fields may help innovative lines of literature and thus broaden the influences of psychological capital studies in society. For example, what is the influences of new-generation technology on psychological capital? Can psychological capital be considered beyond Organizational Behavior and Human Resources and be connected to Strategic Management field of research? Should psychological capital be considered when organizations strategically choose strategic alliance partner?

This Research Topic collection encourages submissions that may generate new insights for the research of psychological capital. Recommended subjects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Psychological capital: construct meaning and dimension enhancement
- Psychological capital in emerging economies
- Studies of specific industries (e.g., hospital) or contexts-specific (e.g.entrepreneurship; disaster relief)
- Cross-disciplinary studies incorporating psychological capital
- Psychological capital’s strategic management, antecedents and consequences
- Psychological capital and new technologies
- Methodological issues of psychological capital research
- Cultural understanding that underpins psychological capital
- Sustainability and potential ethics issues of psychological capital


Keywords: Psychological Capital, Positive Psychology, Business Management and Organization, Organizational Behavior, Technology and Entrepreneurship


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