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.
|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|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be