Emotional Arousal and Entrepreneurial Outcomes: Combining Qualitative Methods to Elaborate Theory
Posted: 3 Mar 2015 Last revised: 8 Apr 2015
Date Written: June 24, 2014
This qualitative study of innovators in the super yacht industry blends longitudinal content analysis with narrative case vignettes to extend nascent theorizing about the antecedents and consequences associated with the arousal of entrepreneurial emotion. The empirically grounded framework induced through our research offers two key theoretical elaborations. First, it extends the existing set of theorized antecedents by highlighting the overlooked roles played by dramatic performances (staged or improvised) and ambient conditions (project, actor and venue considerations). Second, it calls attention to the consequences of emotional arousal for such entrepreneurial outcomes as generating novel solutions to specific problems encountered during the creation process, developing innovative end products, and fostering a general context for innovation.
Keywords: entrepreneurial emotion, emotional arousal, innovation, qualitative study, theory elaboration
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