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Impact of psychological capital on occupational burnout and performance of faculty members

Saif ur Rehman (School of Management, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China)
Cao Qingren (School of Management, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China)
Yasir Latif (Institute of Business and Management, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan)
Pervaiz Iqbal (School of Management, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact and interrelation between positive psychological capital and occupational burnout among faculty associates of technical and professional training institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 282 faculty members from 17 technical institutions were selected from the province of Punjab, Pakistan. Results were drawn using bivariate correlation and linear regression on the data that were collected through adopted questionnaire.

Findings

Results of the study revealed that occupational burnout is significantly related to the performance of the faculty of technical institutes and that psychological capital moderates this relationship.

Practical implications

Conclusions from this research suggested that the personality trait of a psychological capital is an essential determinant of job burnout and performance among faculty members; therefore, it must be considered as an essential part of the selection criteria and job-assessment process. This is important, since psychological capital reduces the detrimental impact of occupational burnout on performance outcomes. Further the faculty members with higher psychological capital should be retained to create positive work environment which can be an inspiration for others.

Originality/value

The research provides important information about the impact of personality traits upon the performance of a faculty member who joins an educational institution coming from an industrial environment. Although having similar technological skills required for the position, still the effects of a new environment can cause performance issues, the research insisted that positive personality traits like psychological capital can help in gaining required confidence to perform in a changed environment.

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Citation

Rehman, S.u., Qingren, C., Latif, Y. and Iqbal, P. (2017), "Impact of psychological capital on occupational burnout and performance of faculty members", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 31 No. 4, pp. 455-469. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-01-2016-0011

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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