The Effects of Psychological Capital and Proactive Personality on Undergraduate Students’ Academic Performance

  • Lee-Peng NgEmail author
  • Yuen-Onn Choong
  • Lok-Sin Kuar
  • Chun-Eng Tan
  • Sok-Yee Teoh
Conference paper


This study is designed to examine the effects of psychological capital and proactive personality on academic performance among undergraduate students. A quota sampling approach was used, and self-administered questionnaires were distributed to undergraduate students from different faculties of a private university in Malaysia. Based on data from 390 undergraduate students, the analysis by using Partial Least Square Structural Equation Modelling showed that psychological capital and proactive personality are positively related to academic performance. Appropriate training programs, activities, and talks can be designed to enhance students’ psychological capital and to shape proactive personality. The chapter concludes with limitations of the study and suggestions for future research.


Academic performance Psychological capital Proactive personality Undergraduate students 



The work is partially supported by research grant of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Project No.: IPSR/RMC/UTARRF/2016/C1/N1). The authors also gratefully acknowledge the helpful comments and suggestions of the reviewers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lee-Peng Ng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yuen-Onn Choong
    • 1
  • Lok-Sin Kuar
    • 1
  • Chun-Eng Tan
    • 1
  • Sok-Yee Teoh
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Business and FinanceUniversiti Tunku Abdul RahmanKamparMalaysia

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