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Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Online from: 1986

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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The role of emotional intelligence and personality variables on attitudes toward organisational change


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Title:The role of emotional intelligence and personality variables on attitudes toward organisational change
Author(s):Maria Vakola, (Department of Marketing and Management, Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece), Ioannis Tsaousis, (Department of Sciences in Preschool Education and Educational Design, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece), Ioannis Nikolaou, (Department of Management Science and Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece)
Citation:Maria Vakola, Ioannis Tsaousis, Ioannis Nikolaou, (2004) "The role of emotional intelligence and personality variables on attitudes toward organisational change", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 19 Iss: 2, pp.88 - 110
Keywords:Greece, Organizational change, Personality
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02683940410526082 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:Although the role of organisational characteristics in the change process has been extensively analysed and discussed in the literature, individual characteristics, which are equally crucial for the success of change, have been neglected. Therefore, the purpose of the present study is to add a different way of looking and working with organisational change by focusing on individuals’ emotions and personality traits. This paper explores how emotional intelligence and the “big five” dimensions of personality can facilitate organisational change at an individual level by exploring the relationship between these attributes and attitudes toward organisational change. The sample consisted of 137 professionals who completed self-report inventories assessing emotional intelligence, personality traits and attitudes towards organisational change. The results confirmed that there is a relationship between personality traits and employees’ attitudes toward change. Similarly, the contribution of emotional intelligence to the attitudes to change was found to be significant, indicating the added value of using an emotional intelligence measure above and beyond the effect of personality. The practical implications of these findings are discussed in relation to the phases of a change project.



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