Graduate School of Business
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Project Management, Emotional Intelligence, Nonprofit
Business | Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Kalivoda, Celene M., "Study of the Correlation between Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Project Success in Nonprofits" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1965.
Project managers use both hard and soft skills to manage projects and people. When a project manager lacks the necessary competencies, there is a risk of project failure. The purpose of projects in nonprofit organizations is to increase the efficiencies of the organization or gain additional funding through fundraising, friendraising, and image enhancement efforts. The soft skill of emotional intelligence is linked to enhanced leadership in project management. This quantitative correlation study examined the relationship between the project managers’ emotional intelligence and their nonprofit project success. The analysis determined there is not a significant correlation between project managers’ emotional intelligence and their project success in the nonprofit sector. Additional research is needed to explore the perceived higher level of emotional intelligence of the nonprofit project managers when compared to others utilizing the same instrument. Additional research is also needed to explore the perceived higher nonprofit project success when compared to other projects utilizing the same instrument.