On SAGE Insight: Sleep and Mood as Drivers of Entrepreneurs’ Innovative Behavior

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

From Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Innovative behavior, defined as the generation, exploration, championing, and implementation of innovative ideas is at the heart of the enterprise creation process. However, an individual’s ability to behave innovatively fluctuates on a daily basis. To understand how innovative behavior unfolds, scholarly focus needs to shift from exploring innovative behavior from a static between-person perspective to one that accounts for individual variation.

Drawing on 2,420 data points from a 10-day experience sampling study with 121 entrepreneurs, this study investigates the drivers behind an entrepreneur’s fluctuating day-level innovative behavior. Researchers found that, on a given day, high-quality sleep enhanced an entrepreneur’s innovative behavior and that high-activation positive moods mediated this relationship. These findings illustrate how entrepreneurs’ day-level innovative behavior is susceptible to significant fluctuation and that sleep as a resource renewal activity plays a key role in influencing entrepreneurs’ individual-innovative activities.

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.

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Rest, Zest, and My Innovative Best: Sleep and Mood as Drivers of Entrepreneurs’ Innovative Behavior
Amanda J. Williamson1 , Martina Battisti2, Michael Leatherbee3 , J. Jeffrey Gish4 First Published 25 Sep 2018
DOI: 10.1177/1042258718798630
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

 

 

 

     
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