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What helps or hinders the Emotional Intelligence practice? A study of Vietnamese hotel workers.

Nguyen, Q., Ladkin, A. and Osman, H., 2022. What helps or hinders the Emotional Intelligence practice? A study of Vietnamese hotel workers. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 34 (2), 534-554.

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DOI: 10.1108/IJCHM-04-2021-0510


Purpose – Drawing from emotional labour (EL) and emotion regulation (ER) theories, the paper identifies what helps and what hinders the Emotional Intelligence (EI) practice of Vietnamese hotel workers. Researching EI qualitatively from a novel context highlights the influence of culture on EI. Methodology – The Critical Incident Technique (CIT) was adopted as the qualitative methodological approach using a self-administered form and semi-structured interviews to collect empirical data from a sample of 34 Vietnamese hotel workers in 19 different hotels. Findings – The findings show that following Joseph and Newman’s (2010) cascading model of EI would help hotel workers in their practice. The research also found different factors hindering the EI practice from the individual and organisational levels. Vietnamese culture was believed to guide deep-acting and meditation. Language barrier and manager support emerged as significant factors that could help or hinder their EI practice. Implications – The research proposes a conceptual framework addressing the factors that could help or hinder the EI practice and provides implications for HR practices and management. Caution could be taken when applying the research implications due to the small sample as a nature of qualitative research. Originality – This is the first attempt to appraise the EI practice adopting the CIT as a qualitative methodological approach in an under-research context, and add evidence to the theoretical links between EI, EL, and ER.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Culture, Emotional intelligence, Emotion regulation, Critical incident technique, Emotional labour
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:36222
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Nov 2021 16:51
Last Modified:06 Apr 2022 11:58


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