Keywords: emotional intelligence, decision-making, leadership, SME’s, cognition, thinking, ability, emotion regulation
There has been a veritable explosion of research and interest in emotional intelligence as a concept since the early 1990s, as can be evidenced by this plot of research articles since 1900.
Apart from a little blip at the end of the second world war (1949-56), the idea of emotional intelligence has only become a serious consideration over the last 20 years or so. It is now a core interest, both to researchers and practitioners in organisations.
The researchers wanted to know how emotional intelligence impacts decisionmaking under stress. In order to do this, they focussed on stress-based decisionmaking in 70 SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises).
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