How Are Entrepreneurial Intentions Affected by Emotional Intelligence and Creativity?

  • Fatih Yıldırım Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business and Administrative Sciences, Erzurum Technical University, ETU Yakutiye/Erzurum, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3149-8791
  • Inci Yılmazlı Trout International Education and Entrepreneurship Program, Dreeben School of Education, University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX, 78209, USA https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8907-5620
  • Stephanie Hartzell Dreeben School of Education, University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX, 78209, USA https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9129-9391

Abstract

Entrepreneurship is important for developed countries to sustain their welfare levels and for developing countries to increase their level of welfare. Many entrepreneurs contribute significantly to the national economy of their countries. The purpose of our research is to determine how graduate students' entrepreneurial intentions are related to emotional intelligence and what role creativity plays in this process. This quantitative research study was conducted with graduate students at a private university in the southwest region of the USA. The data were collected from 399 participants via an online survey and analyzed by completing a Structural Equation Modelling. The results showed that entrepreneurial intentions are affected directly and positively by problem-solving skills, emotional self-awareness, and impulse control. Additionally, we found that problem-solving skills affect creativity directly and positively while creativity does not have a direct effect on entrepreneurial intentions.

Keywords: emotional intelligence, creativity, entrepreneurial intentions
Published online
2019-01-28
How to Cite
Yıldırım, F., Trout, I. and Hartzell, S. (2019) “How Are Entrepreneurial Intentions Affected by Emotional Intelligence and Creativity?”, Periodica Polytechnica Social and Management Sciences, 27(1), pp. 59-65. doi: https://doi.org/10.3311/PPso.12619.
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