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The contribution of cultural intelligence to the interaction involvement and performance of call center agents in cross-cultural communication: The moderating role of work experience

Jenette Villegas Puyod (Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Peerayuth Charoensukmongkol (International College, National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok, Thailand)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 17 July 2019

Issue publication date: 21 November 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the contribution of cultural intelligence (CQ) to the interaction involvement and job performance of call center agents in the Philippines.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 213 call center agents from five business process outsourcing firms in the Philippines. Partial least squares structural equation modeling was used for data analysis.

Findings

CQ was found to be positively associated with the quality of interaction involvement and job performance of the call center agents. Moreover, the positive contribution of CQ to interaction involvement and job performance was significantly greater for those that had less call center work experience than those that had more work experience.

Originality/value

This study indicates that CQ not only matters in face-to-face communication but also is beneficial for non-personal communication, as with telephone conversation for example. In addition, this study showed new evidence –possessing high CQ tends to be more beneficial for agents that have less work experience.

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Citation

Puyod, J.V. and Charoensukmongkol, P. (2019), "The contribution of cultural intelligence to the interaction involvement and performance of call center agents in cross-cultural communication: The moderating role of work experience", Management Research Review, Vol. 42 No. 12, pp. 1400-1422. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-10-2018-0386

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