Rest, zest and my innovative best: sleep and mood as drivers of entrepreneurs’ innovative behavior

Amanda Williamson, Martina Battisti, Michael Leatherbee, J. J. Gish

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0
Pages (from-to)582-610
Number of pages29
JournalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Volume43
Issue number3
Early online date25 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

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