Positivity at the workplace: Conceptualising the relationships between authentic leadership, psychological capital, organisational virtuousness, thriving and job performance

Shahid, S and Muchiri, M 2018, 'Positivity at the workplace: Conceptualising the relationships between authentic leadership, psychological capital, organisational virtuousness, thriving and job performance', International Journal of Organizational Analysis, pp. 1-30.


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Title Positivity at the workplace: Conceptualising the relationships between authentic leadership, psychological capital, organisational virtuousness, thriving and job performance
Author(s) Shahid, S
Muchiri, M
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal of Organizational Analysis
Start page 1
End page 30
Total pages 30
Publisher Emerald Publishing
Abstract Purpose: Recognising the value of positive organisational behaviour at the workplace, this paper aims to provide a major review of the current state of research on positivity, and subsequently proposes new pathways for more theory building relating to important constructs conceptually related to positivity. Following the integration of emerging but disparate research on workplace positivity and related concepts, the paper develops a conceptual framework depicting the relationships amongst authentic leader behaviours, organisational virtuousness, psychological capital, thriving and job performance. Design/methodology/approach: The paper offers a systematic critical review of published studies representing the literature addressing authentic leadership, organisational virtuousness, thriving, psychological capital and job performance. The paper relied on computerised keyword searches in the main business source databases of Emerald, ProQuest, ScienceDirect, EBSCOhost and SpringerLink. Findings: This paper leads to a conceptual framework proposing direct relationships between authentic leadership, psychological capital, organisational virtuousness and job performance. Further, authentic leadership is proposed to potentially nurture organisational virtuousness, psychological capital, employee thriving and job performance, given the theoretical linkages between these conceptually relevant variables related to positivity. Additionally, organisational virtuousness and psychological capital are projected to mediate the relationship between authentic leadership and employee thriving. Finally, organisational virtuousness, psychological capital and employee thriving are designated as mediators of the relationship between authentic leadership and job performance. Research limitations/implications: This paper proposes a conceptual framework focusing on one form of positive leader behaviour and also assumes specific causal pathways using a posit
Subject Organisational Behaviour
Human Resources Management
Keyword(s) Authentic leadership
Psychological capital
Thriving
Organisational virtuousness
DOI - identifier 10.1108/IJOA-05-2017-1167
Copyright notice © 2018 Emerald Publishing
ISSN 1934-8835
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