Emotional Arousal and Entrepreneurial Outcomes: Combining Qualitative Methods to Elaborate Theory

Posted: 3 Mar 2015 Last revised: 8 Apr 2015

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Jennifer Jennings

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Tim J. Edwards

Cardiff Business School

Rick Delbridge

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Date Written: June 24, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Jennings, Jennifer and Edwards, Tim J. and Delbridge, Rick, Emotional Arousal and Entrepreneurial Outcomes: Combining Qualitative Methods to Elaborate Theory (June 24, 2014). Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2015; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2014-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2572617

Jennifer Jennings (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Tim J. Edwards

Cardiff Business School ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

Rick Delbridge

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, CF10 3EU
United Kingdom
+44 (0)29 2087 6644 (Phone)
+44 (0)29 2087 4419 (Fax)

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