RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL PERFORMANCE: The Mediating Effect of Entrepreneurial Competence ►Godday Orziemgbe Oriarewo, Kenneth Chukwujioke Agbim, Tor Aondoaver Zever
Research has shown that individuals with greater emotional intelligence are better able to appraise, manage and regulate the emotions of others. Such abilities allow these individuals to judge if their emotions are linked to opportunities, and thus use these emotions in the process of decision making that enhances higher performance. Consequent upon this, there is substantial evidence documenting the effects of emotional intelligence on leadership and educational performance. However, there is much less research examining how emotional intelligence and entrepreneurial competence affects entrepreneurial performance. This study therefore employed the creation theory to investigate the mediating effect of entrepreneurial competence on the relationship between the dimensions of emotional intelligence (i.e., self emotional appraisal, others’ emotional appraisal, regulation of emotions and use of emotions) and entrepreneurial performance. The study adopted ex-post-facto, simple random sampling technique and questionnaire to generate data from selected respondents in the hospitality industry in Makurdi metropolis, Benue State, Nigeria. The data were analysed using multiple regression statistical method. It was found that entrepreneurial competence mediates the relationship between the dimensions of emotional intelligence and entrepreneurial performance. In view of this, enterprises’ owners should ensure that their managers and employees are emotionally intelligent and entrepreneurially competent through a well planned recruitment and selection process.
Keywords: Emotional intelligence, Entrepreneurial performance, Entrepreneurial competence, Regulation of emotion, Use of emotion, Self emotional appraisal, Others’ emotional appraisal
►RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN MICROFINANCE AND BEYOND Ayi Gavriel Ayayi and Maty Sene
ABSTRACT This paper surveys recent research on microfinance and suggests directions for future research. New empirical evidence has emerged, and new theoretical models have resolved some issues. The paper selectively examines recent findings, particularly theoretical and empirical worksthat deal with the financial and social goals that microcredit must fulfill to provide long-term sustainable poverty reduction. Finally, some issues for which new research is needed are identified. Keywords:Microfinance, Credit Risk, Outreach and Financial Sustainability, Inclusive finance, Regulation and Supervision, Impact Evaluation, Group Lending, Products, Supply and Demand.
DEVELOPING AN ebXML COMPATIBLE B2B COLLABORATION PROTOTYPE AND REFERENCE MODEL: The Viewpoint of Business Process Integration ►Huei-Huang Chen, Chiang-Hsien Tai, Tsung-Yi Tsai, Chien-Hung Hsueh and Chao-Hsien Lu
ABSTRACT In the digital information networking age, because of circulation and convergence of the information, the cost for enterprises to find trading partners to do business is getting lower and lower. By the emergence of e-Marketplace, it gathers a great number of buyers and sellers. It can promote business transactions and break the barriers, such as country and time, among trading partners. The enterprise may increase business revenue on the e-Marketplace. But only via integrating the e-Marketplace operation processes and corporation’s internal processes, it can fulfill the requests and provide services on e-Marketplace as rapidly as possible. In this research we follow the Electronic Business XML (ebXML) specification that is planned by The United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). The vision of ebXML is to create a single global electronic marketplace where enterprises of any size and in any geographical location can meet and conduct business with each other through the exchange of XML based messages. We build an ebXML compatible collaboration module to deal with Business-to-Business integration issues. Via this module we can run business-to-business processes integration smoothly and reduce the integration cost with using ebXML specification. Keywords: ebXML, Electronic Commerce, Collaborative Commerce.