Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Relationship Between Psychological Capital and Learning Organization Dimensions in a Community Medical Center: An exploratory survey research study
by Sweet, Johanna D., Ed.D., The George Washington University, 2012, 200; 3523065
Abstract (Summary)

This exploratory survey research study examined hypothesized relationships between psychological capital and the constructs of psychological capital - hope, self-efficacy, optimism, and resilience - to the seven dimensions of a learning organization. The research questions examined in this study were: To what extent is there a relationship between psychological capital and Watkins and Marsick's seven dimensions of a learning organization (continuous learning, inquiry and dialogue, collaboration and team learning, system sharing, empowerment, environment, and strategic leadership)? To what extent is there a relationship between each of the four subscales of psychological capital (self-efficacy, hope, optimism, and resilience) and Watkins and Marsick's seven dimensions of a learning organization (continuous learning, inquiry and dialogue, collaboration and team learning, system sharing, empowerment, environment, and strategic leadership)?

The site for the study was a 350-bed community medical center. All employees in departments with direct patient care responsibilities were invited to complete the Psychological Capital Questionnaire (PCQ) and the Dimensions of a Learning Organization Questionnaire (DLOQ). Of the total 843 eligible participants, 500 employees completed surveys representing 59% of the population.

This study provided empirical evidence of positive relationships between psychological capital and the dimensions of a learning organization. Psychological capital, hope, self-efficacy, and optimism had significant relationships with all seven dimensions of the learning organization – continuous learning, inquiry and dialogue, collaboration and team learning, system sharing, empowerment, environment, and strategic leadership. Resilience had a positive relationship at the individual level of a learning organization - continuous learning and inquiry and dialogue. There was no statistically significant relationship between resilience and the team and organizational level dimensions of a learning organization. This research is significant for practitioners because it provides empirical evidence regarding which learning organization dimensions had positive and statistically significant relationships with psychological capital.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Swayze, Susan
Commitee: Goldman, Ellen, Repta, Shirley
School: The George Washington University
Department: Human and Organizational Learning
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 74/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Educational psychology
Keywords: Community medical center, Dimensions of a learning organization, Hope, Optimism, Psychological capital, Resilience, Self-efficacy
Publication Number: 3523065
ISBN: 9781267557445
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