The relationship between emotional intelligence and organizational commitment with creativity and innovative behavior of experts in Agriculture Jihad Organization of Hamedan Province

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate professor, Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Faculty of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran

2 Master student, Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Faculty of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran


    The main objective of this study was to examine the relationship of emotional intelligence and organizational commitment with agriculture experts’ creativity and innovative behavior. The statistical population included all experts in Agriculture Jihad Organization of Hamedan Province (N=400). Totally 187 agriculture experts were selected as sample using proportional stratified sampling method. Data were collected through a questionnaire. The content and face validity of the questionnaire was confirmed by a panel of experts and its reliability was confirmed and evaluating measurement model and using Cronbach’s alpha. The results of structural equation modelling indicated that emotional intelligence and organizational commitment were directly and positively related to experts’ creativity and innovative behavior. The mediation analysis revealed that emotional intelligence was also indirectly related to experts’ creativity and innovative behavior through organizational commitment. In sum, the research model was able to explain about 36% and 30% of the variance in employees’ creativity and innovative behavior, respectively. Totally, the results of this research showed that attention to experts’ emotional intelligence and organizational commitment can influence their creativity and innovative behavior, and therefore their improvement should be considered by managers.


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