Examining the Relevance of Emotional Intelligence and Organizational Commitment among Employees of Small and Medium Enterprise in Private Sector

Ashkan Khalili


The relevance of emotional intelligence and organizational commitment is tested among 142 employees of small
and medium enterprise (SME) in private sector in Iran. The results indicate that there is a significant relationship
between emotional intelligence as an overall construct and organizational commitment. Strong and positive
influence of self management and social awareness as two competencies of emotional intelligence on
employees’ obligation to the organization is found. Meanwhile, positive but not significant impact of self
awareness and relationship management as two abilities of emotional intelligence on employees’ organizational
commitment is educated. Therefore, due to lack of financial resources and support for private sector
organizations in Iran, the results have a great implication for SMEs in private sector to prevent from wasting
their financial resources by hiring individuals who are more emotionally intelligence that would result in higher
level of organizational commitment.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/ijbm.v6n12p180

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