The Influence of Political Skill and Emotional Intelligence on Student Entrepreneurial Intentions: An Empirical Analysis

Phillip E. Davis, Whitney O. Peake


This study examines the relationships of emotional intelligence, political skill, and attitude towards enterprise on entrepreneurial intent.  We evaluated 285 undergraduate students enrolled in business courses to assess the effect of these factors on entrepreneurial intentions. Results of these analyses indicate that (1) emotional intelligence and political skill are positively related to one another and (2) the greater the political skill, the stronger the relationship between emotional intelligence and entrepreneurial intent in low emotional intelligence conditions. Such results suggest that students, particularly those who possess high political skill, may have stronger intentions to start new businesses.

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