Psychological safety: A systematic review of the literature

Alexander Newman, Ross Donohue, Nathan Eva

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Since the concept of psychological safety was introduced, empirical research on its antecedents, outcomes, and moderators at different levels of analysis has proliferated. Given a burgeoning body of empirical evidence, a systematic review of the psychological safety literature is warranted. As well as reviewing empirical work on psychological safety, the present article highlights gaps in the literature and provides direction for future work. In doing so, it highlights the need to advance our understanding of psychological safety through the integration of key theoretical perspectives to explain how psychological safety develops and influences work outcomes at different levels of analysis. Suggestions for future empirical research to advance our understanding of psychological safety are also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-535
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Resource Management Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017


  • Learning
  • Measurement issues
  • Psychological safety
  • Work outcomes

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