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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