Rest, Zest, and My Innovative Best: Sleep and Mood as Drivers of Entrepreneurs’ Innovative Behavior

Forthcoming in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. DOI: 1042258718798630

41 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2019

See all articles by Amanda J. Williamson

Amanda J. Williamson

Waikato Management School

Martina Battisti

Massey University - New Zealand Centre for Small and Medium Enterprise Research

Michael Leatherbee

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile - Department of Industrial Engineering

J. Jeffrey Gish

University of Oregon

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

This study investigates the antecedents of an entrepreneur’s day-level innovative behavior. Drawing on 2,420 data points from a 10-day experience sampling study with 121 entrepreneurs, we find that sleep quality is a precursor to an entrepreneur’s subsequent innovative behavior, in accordance with the effort-recovery model. Moreover, sleep quality is positively related to high-activation positive moods (e.g., enthusiastic, inspired) and negatively related to high-activation negative moods (e.g., tension, anxiety). Our multilevel structural equation model indicates that high-activation positive moods mediate the relationship between sleep quality and innovative behavior on a given day. These results are relevant for managing entrepreneurial performance.

Keywords: sleep quality, emotions, experience sampling methodology, creativity/innovation

JEL Classification: I15, L26, M13, M59

Suggested Citation

Williamson, Amanda J. and Battisti, Martina and Leatherbee, Michael and Gish, J. Jeffrey, Rest, Zest, and My Innovative Best: Sleep and Mood as Drivers of Entrepreneurs’ Innovative Behavior (2018). Forthcoming in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. DOI: 1042258718798630 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3355807

Amanda J. Williamson (Contact Author)

Waikato Management School ( email )

Hamilton
New Zealand

Martina Battisti

Massey University - New Zealand Centre for Small and Medium Enterprise Research ( email )

60-62 Wallace Street
Private Box 756
Wellington
New Zealand
+64 (0) 4 801 5799 (Phone)

Michael Leatherbee

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile - Department of Industrial Engineering ( email )

Av. Vicuna Mackenna 4860
Macul
Santiago
Chile

J. Jeffrey Gish

University of Oregon ( email )

Eugene, OR
United States
(541) 228-6149 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://business.uoregon.edu/faculty/jeff-gish

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