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The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Entrepreneurial Success in the Digital Era

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The majority of the existing entrepreneurship literature has developed in the pre-digital era. Today, however, entrepreneurs are leveraging resources from multiple sites using e-platforms to lessen the disadvantage of their location, particularly with regard to risk capital, foreign market entry, and access to talent. The economic conditions according to which the quality of sites, organizational needs, and personal preferences frame the local conditions of the business environment are therefore changing. Digital platforms, indeed, offer entrepreneurs increased flexibility and the possibility of tailoring their own comparative locational advantages. Additionally, digitalization has transformed traditional ways of doing business and processes of decision making. For instance, there is an increased demand for emotional intelligence in leaders and entrepreneurs. Although machines are gradually taking the place of human beings in some workplaces and roles, there is no replacement for social capacities such as negotiation, conflict management, teamwork and networking. Emotional intelligence is therefore required now more than ever in leaders and entrepreneurs to effectively achieve organizational goals.

Successful entrepreneurial activity is imperative for a healthy economy and can be a major source of job creation. In recent decades researchers have explored various aspects of entrepreneurship. In particular, they have sought to examine why some entrepreneurial ventures are more successful than others. The concept of the entrepreneur as an individual and the emotional intelligence of entrepreneurs have gained the attention of both researchers and practitioners alike. Practitioners have realized that employees can no longer be perceived as biological machines that are capable of leaving their feelings, norms, and attitudes at home when they go to work. Researchers, likewise, are embracing the concept of emotional intelligence because of its relationship with efficiency, productivity, sales, revenue, quality of service, customer loyalty, employee recruitment and retention, employee commitment, employee health and satisfaction, and morale. While there is considerable evidence documenting the effects of emotional intelligence on leadership performance, job performance in large firms, and educational performance, however, very little research has examined how emotional intelligence affects entrepreneurial performance and the variables that account for this relationship. Individuals in entrepreneurial occupations face business situations that necessitate unique skills and abilities in social interactions. Emotional intelligence has implications for entrepreneurial situations and social interactions such as negotiation, obtaining and organizing resources, identifying and exploiting opportunities, managing stress, obtaining and maintaining customers, and providing leadership. Accordingly, this Research Topic aims to further explore the role of emotional intelligence in the context of entrepreneurship and the ways in which digitalization affects the emotional intelligence of entrepreneurs.

Themes may include, but are not limited to:

• To what extent, and in what ways, does emotional intelligence remain important for entrepreneurs?
• How do new ventures adopting new business models (e.g., multi-sided platforms) compete with each other and what are the key psychological factors for success?
• To what extent are the notions of emotional intelligence (EI) and digital emotional quotient (DEQ) relevant in understanding the emergence of new firms in the context of digital platforms?
• How do employees and leaders affect the innovation and adoption of digital services in an organization?
• How can successful entrepreneurship lessons be taught, learned or implemented in the digital era?
• How do established companies respond to the issues of social capital and social change arising from emerging technologies in the digital era?
• How does the platform economy change the competitive business landscape and what is the role of emotional intelligence in staying relevant in today’s fast-paced digital economy?
• How do social media embody entrepreneurial opportunities in the digital era by transforming people’s social lives?


Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Digitalization, Innovation, Technology, Emotional Intelligence


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The majority of the existing entrepreneurship literature has developed in the pre-digital era. Today, however, entrepreneurs are leveraging resources from multiple sites using e-platforms to lessen the disadvantage of their location, particularly with regard to risk capital, foreign market entry, and access to talent. The economic conditions according to which the quality of sites, organizational needs, and personal preferences frame the local conditions of the business environment are therefore changing. Digital platforms, indeed, offer entrepreneurs increased flexibility and the possibility of tailoring their own comparative locational advantages. Additionally, digitalization has transformed traditional ways of doing business and processes of decision making. For instance, there is an increased demand for emotional intelligence in leaders and entrepreneurs. Although machines are gradually taking the place of human beings in some workplaces and roles, there is no replacement for social capacities such as negotiation, conflict management, teamwork and networking. Emotional intelligence is therefore required now more than ever in leaders and entrepreneurs to effectively achieve organizational goals.

Successful entrepreneurial activity is imperative for a healthy economy and can be a major source of job creation. In recent decades researchers have explored various aspects of entrepreneurship. In particular, they have sought to examine why some entrepreneurial ventures are more successful than others. The concept of the entrepreneur as an individual and the emotional intelligence of entrepreneurs have gained the attention of both researchers and practitioners alike. Practitioners have realized that employees can no longer be perceived as biological machines that are capable of leaving their feelings, norms, and attitudes at home when they go to work. Researchers, likewise, are embracing the concept of emotional intelligence because of its relationship with efficiency, productivity, sales, revenue, quality of service, customer loyalty, employee recruitment and retention, employee commitment, employee health and satisfaction, and morale. While there is considerable evidence documenting the effects of emotional intelligence on leadership performance, job performance in large firms, and educational performance, however, very little research has examined how emotional intelligence affects entrepreneurial performance and the variables that account for this relationship. Individuals in entrepreneurial occupations face business situations that necessitate unique skills and abilities in social interactions. Emotional intelligence has implications for entrepreneurial situations and social interactions such as negotiation, obtaining and organizing resources, identifying and exploiting opportunities, managing stress, obtaining and maintaining customers, and providing leadership. Accordingly, this Research Topic aims to further explore the role of emotional intelligence in the context of entrepreneurship and the ways in which digitalization affects the emotional intelligence of entrepreneurs.

Themes may include, but are not limited to:

• To what extent, and in what ways, does emotional intelligence remain important for entrepreneurs?
• How do new ventures adopting new business models (e.g., multi-sided platforms) compete with each other and what are the key psychological factors for success?
• To what extent are the notions of emotional intelligence (EI) and digital emotional quotient (DEQ) relevant in understanding the emergence of new firms in the context of digital platforms?
• How do employees and leaders affect the innovation and adoption of digital services in an organization?
• How can successful entrepreneurship lessons be taught, learned or implemented in the digital era?
• How do established companies respond to the issues of social capital and social change arising from emerging technologies in the digital era?
• How does the platform economy change the competitive business landscape and what is the role of emotional intelligence in staying relevant in today’s fast-paced digital economy?
• How do social media embody entrepreneurial opportunities in the digital era by transforming people’s social lives?


Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Digitalization, Innovation, Technology, Emotional Intelligence


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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26 June 2021 Abstract
24 October 2021 Manuscript

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24 October 2021 Manuscript

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