Emotional Intelligence: Between Business, Culture and History

Ian Harriss

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    This paper traces the development of the concept of emotional intelligence (EI), beginning with nineteenth century conceptions of IQ. It follows a trajectory from there to Gardner, and then to Mayer and Salovey, and finally to Goleman. The aim of this analysis is to examine the philosophical assumptions that underpin each construct, and to locate these in a cultural and historical context.Mayer and Salovey’s model of EI is shown to privilege traditional forms of ontological essentialism while shifting to a newer conception of the emotionally intelligent human subject as an information processing entity. It is suggested that Goleman, on the other hand, sees the human subject as a flexible being, able to make and remake itself in a manner that is optimally adaptable to fast moving organizations in a borderless world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication7th International business research conference
    Subtitle of host publicationResearch matters
    EditorsMohammad Hoque
    Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
    PublisherWorld Business Institute
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9780980455700
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventInternational Business Research Conference - Sydney, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 03 Dec 200706 Dec 2007


    ConferenceInternational Business Research Conference


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