Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Predicting Work Engagement: A Quantitative Analysis of Entrepreneurial Psychological Capital
by Bryniak, Krystyna, Ph.D., Grand Canyon University, 2020, 237; 27957215
Abstract (Summary)

Employee engagement is a major interest for Industrial-Organizational Psychology researchers and practitioners. Prior to this study it remained unknown if, or to what extent the personal resources of hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism also known as psychological capital (PsyCap) could predict work engagement (WE) in a population of U.S. based entrepreneurs. This quantitative, correlational design study with survey data captured the relationship between PsyCap and WE with this population. The PCQ-24 was used to measure the predictor variable (PsyCap) and the UWES-9 was used to measure the criterion variable (WE). The Job Demand-Resource Model provided the theoretical foundation by describing work experiences as being in a continuous flux between positive resources and negative demands in a work environment. Qualtrics was utilized to gather survey data online from a pool of U.S. based entrepreneurs. The data was analyzed in SPSS. A linear regression model showed a statistically strong predictive relationship between PsyCap and WE, F (1, 67) = 52.81, p < .001, and R2 = .441. A multiple regression model demonstrated the subconstruct of hope was on its own a predictor of WE (B = 0.86, t = 3.98, p < .001). However, efficacy (B = 0.27, t = 1.13, p =.264), resilience (B = -.11, t = -0.39, p =.700) and optimism (B = .19, t = 0.89, p =.377) were found not to be predictors of WE. The study presents new empirical data on the relationship PsyCap has on WE.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sherlin, Leslie
Commitee: Avella, Jay, Markette, Nicolas
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: College of Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Quantitative psychology, Organizational behavior, Entrepreneurship
Keywords: Entrepreneurs, Hope, Predictive analysis, Psychological capital, Quantitative methodology, Work engagement
Publication Number: 27957215
ISBN: 9798641900452
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