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Improving self-perceived emotional–social competencies with relational outcomes through the strength deployment inventory

Dan Li (College of Educational Science, Yan’an University, Yan’an, China and Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California, USA)
Michael Patterson (Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California, USA and Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business, California Baptist University, Riverside, California, USA)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 22 September 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to determine whether performing an emotional intelligence (EI) intervention improves employees’ self-perceived emotional–social competencies (ESC) to achieve relational outcomes in firms based in China.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a qualitative, interpretive approach through purposive sampling, this paper explored the impacts the Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI) 2.0 intervention might have upon Chinese employees regarding ESC and relational outcomes. Data was collected from 18 semi-structured interviews with Chinese executives and individual contributors.

Findings

The findings suggested that ESC could be developed and improved in Chinese employees. The SDI 2.0 intervention may effectively bring about positive EI shifts and relevant attitudinal and behavioral changes related to work relationships.

Practical implications

The developed ESC and relational outcomes provide practitioners with insight to better understand the role training plays in organizational effectiveness, as well as to implement the SDI 2.0 program in human resource practices of Chinese organizations to develop personnel and promote high-quality work relationships.

Originality/value

This study gains significance by highlighting the effectiveness of the SDI 2.0 intervention in enhancing respondents’ ESC with relational outcomes from the perspectives of Chinese firms. Thus, supporting the effectiveness of EI training in the Chinese workplace and introducing the EI training literature the SDI 2.0 tool.

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Citation

Li, D. and Patterson, M. (2023), "Improving self-perceived emotional–social competencies with relational outcomes through the strength deployment inventory", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 55 No. 1, pp. 77-92. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-06-2022-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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