Conceptualizing A-HERO for sport employees well-being Academic Article uri icon


  • Purpose In an attempt to promote sport employees well-being, the purpose of this paper is to examine the more traditional constructs of psychological capital (i.e. hope, efficacy, resiliency and optimism) and to feature the inclusion of authenticity, an often overlooked construct, among sport employees. Design/methodology/approach This conceptual paper is designed to create an expanded sport employee psychological capital construct, labeled A-HERO, and a subsequent theoretical model to improve their well-being. Findings In detailing a conceptual model of A-HERO for well-being, the model includes and explains the relationships among sport employee antecedents (i.e. sport employee identification, pride and passion), an organizational contextual variable (personorganization fit), and an important employee and organizational outcome (i.e. employee well-being) in contemporary sport organizations. Research limitations/implications A-HERO offers a necessary first step for future theoretical research and empirical applications to improve sport employees well-being. Originality/value By elucidating the role of authenticity at work with traditional psychological capital constructs in the current sport industry, this paper stimulates sport business and management scholars to validate empirically the A-HERO construct and examine proposed relationships for an improved prediction of sport employees well-being.

published proceedings

  • Sport Business and Management An International Journal

altmetric score

  • 1.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Oja, B. D., Kim, M., Perrew, P. L., & Anagnostopoulos, C.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Oja, Brent D||Kim, Minjung||Perrew√©, Pamela L||Anagnostopoulos, Christos

publication date

  • January 2019