Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of Emotional Intelligence on Psychological Ownership of employees in the public sector of Mauritius. A quantitative method has been used in this study using questionnaire as instrument. A sample of 155 employees working in the public sector of Mauritius using snowball sampling method were targeted to participate in this study. Data collection took place during August 2017. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics, a Pearson correlation analysis and a multiple regression analysis. The key findings are moderate levels of Emotional Intelligence and job-based and organizational Psychological Ownership. A significant positive relationship between Emotional Intelligence and job-based Psychological Ownership has been obtained. No relationship was found between Emotional Intelligence and organization-based Psychological Ownership. Furthermore, the impact of Emotional Intelligence and job-based Psychological Ownership was computed. Managing others’ emotions and utilization of emotions dimensions of Emotional Intelligence were found to have the largest impact on job-based Psychological Ownership.
Keywords: emotional intelligence, organizational psychological ownership, organizational psychology, human capital