Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

Psychological Capital of Women in Flower Growing Business:An Analysis of Japan and Sri Lanka

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


February 6, 2020. (Thursday) 12:30-13:30


Psychological Capital of Women in Flower Growing Business:An Analysis of Japan and Sri Lanka


Women–owned business is fast-growing segment in Japan and Sri Lanka. Yet, adequate information is not available and not identified, due to the minimal of focus. In this qualitative study, we question how women in flower growing business use psychological capital and how psychological capital act to thrive their business? We show how constructs of psychological capital thrive women in flower growing business in Japan and Sri Lanka. Psychological capital is conceptualised as an individual’s positive psychological state of development and characterised by individual positive psychological capacities of self-efficacy, hope, optimism and resilience. Total of 20 women in flower growing business in Japan (10) and Sri Lanka (10) approached by open-ended interview questions. Anonymity was assured. Thematic analysis is used as an analytical strategy. Finally, core categories were identified as; happiness, hope, efficacy, resilience, and optimism.

This research identified hope has capacity to meet goals, forecast obstacles, identify alternative pathways, and formulate strategies. Self-efficacy acts positively to attain goals and sub-goals successfully and resilience helps to cope and adapt to critical incidents by creating new avenues and bounce back as task completed. Optimism includes hope and self-efficacy for the success. In this way, respondents collectively make high levels of psychological capital; hope, self-efficacy, resilience and optimism and show task orientations to thrive their business. This research made contributions to practice by providing importance of psychological capital in business.


Kodagoda Thilakshi (Professor of Human Resource Management Faculty of Management and Finance University of Colombo)




Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
E-mail: APLE-mail