Abasyn Journal of Social Sciences. Special Issue: AiCTBM 2016

Effect of Psychological Capital on Organizational Commitment: Mediating Role of Psychological Empowerment

Kamran Iqbal, Dr. Hafiz Mushtaq Ahmad.

Ph.D Scholar, Bahria University Islamabad,
Associate Professor, Bahria University Islamabad.


The purpose of this study is to examine the mediating role of psychological empowerment inthe relationship of psychological capital (PsyCap) and organizational commitment. Data wascollected from the 200 sample of teaching staff of higher education institutes in Pakistanthrough convenient based non- probability sampling technique. The mediating effect ofpsychological empowerment on the relationship between psychological capital andorganizational commitment was tested according to Baron and Kenny's (1986) instructions.Results have proved that Psychological empowerment mediates the relationship betweenPsychological capital and organizational Commitment. Results recommend thatorganizations should focus on ways to improve psychological capital of their employees as itshould increase their perceived empowerment, which in turn, will increase theirorganizational commitment. This study represents the first comprehensive attempt to examinethe mediating role of psychological empowerment in the relationship between psychologicalcapital and organizational commitment. There is hardly any study in Pakistan that tried totest the relationship between psychological capital, psychological empowerment andorganizational commitment.
Keywords: psychological capital, psychological empowerment, organizational commitment,higher education institutes


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