Emotional Intelligence across Cultures: The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Distance

문화와 정서지능 : 정서지능과 문화적 거리의 관계를 중심으로

  • Moon, Tae-Won (Dept. of Business Administration, Hongik University)
  • Received : 2010.05.12
  • Accepted : 2010.06.21
  • Published : 2010.06.30


This study focuses on the workplaces of two distinct nations, the United States and Korea, to ascertain the impact of culture on emotional intelligence (EI). This paper examines if EI is dependant on culture by finding significant variances of emotional responses under a given situation. The results suggest that EI is significantly impacted by national culture. In addition, this study investigates the relationship between cultural distance and EI by using the secondary data of 19,402 participants across 13 nations. The results demonstrate that only power distance among Hofstede's dimensions has significant effect on EI.