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Mediation role of systems adaptability between emotional intelligence and talent management

Josephine Namugumya (Directorate of Human Resource Management, Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda)
John Chrysostom Kigozi Munene (Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Sam Samuel Mafabi (Department of Human Resource Management, Faculty of Management Science, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
James Kagaari (Department of Psychology, Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 30 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the mediating role of systems adaptability in the relationship between emotional intelligence and talent management in tertiary institutions in Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

To achieve the study purpose, the authors used responses from 91 tertiary institutions following a cross-sectional survey design. Partial least structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) was used to analyse the data and done at an institutional level.

Findings

The results reveal that systems adaptability plays a full mediating role in the relationship between emotional intelligence and talent management in tertiary institutions as it accounts for 96.68% variance.

Research limitations/implications

Managing talented employees is not a snapshot process, yet the authors used a cross-sectional design. This paper is limited in this regard. Also, talent management in this paper is only explained by emotional intelligence and systems adaptability.

Practical implications

Talent management is explained by emotional intelligence and systems adaptability, which are metaphors of emotional intelligence and complex adaptive system theories. The authors also add to theory by establishing a fully mediating role of systems adaptability between emotional intelligence and talent management.

Originality/value

This paper establishes the mediating role of systems adaptability in the relationship between emotional intelligence and talent management in tertiary institutions.

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Citation

Namugumya, J., Munene, J.C.K., Mafabi, S.S. and Kagaari, J. (2022), "Mediation role of systems adaptability between emotional intelligence and talent management", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-09-2022-0068

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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