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Title: Managing sustainable development of government link companies (GLCs) in Malaysia through emotional intelligence and organisational politics

Authors: Wan Noordiana Wan Hanafi; Salina Daud

Addresses: College of Graduate Studies, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Jalan IKRAM_UNITEN, 43000, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia ' College of Business Management and Accounting, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus, 26700, Muadzam Shah, Pahang, Malaysia

Abstract: Organisational politics are becoming a common topic in management studies because of the negative influence it can have on the workforce. This study was conducted to examine the effect of emotional intelligence on organisational politics in government link companies (GLCs) in Malaysia. The study's research framework was supported by the leader member exchange (LMX) theory. Data was collected from middle to top level managers in the GLCs in Malaysia using a stratified random sampling method. Three hundred and twenty-five usable questionnaires were collected and analysed using partial least square structural equation model (PLS-SEM). The findings show that there is a significant link between emotional intelligence and organisational politics. This study provides an understanding that the presence of emotional intelligence can help in improving a leader's ability to manage the political environment. This study could be replicated within other industries by refining the items used as a measurement variable.

Keywords: sustainable organisation; emotional intelligence; GLCs; government link companies; organisational politics; leader member exchange theory.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2021.111553

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2021 Vol.15 No.1, pp.126 - 141

Received: 15 Mar 2019
Accepted: 01 Jul 2019

Published online: 19 Oct 2020 *

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