Having a creative day: understanding entrepreneurs’ daily idea generation through a recovery lens

Eva Weinberger, Dominika Wach, Ute Stephan, Jürgen Wegge

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Abstract

Prior research has shown that trait creativity is important for becoming an entrepreneur and successful in business. We explore a new perspective by investigating how recovery from work stress influences entrepreneurs’ daily idea generation, a key aspect of creativity. Physio-logical and mental recovery enables the cognitive processes of creative problem-solving. Moreover, differences in mental recovery processes help to explain age-related changes in en-trepreneurs’ creativity. Multilevel analyses based on 415 daily data from 62 entrepreneurs support our predictions. Our study introduces a new “state” perspective to understanding en-trepreneurs’ creativity, and highlights the critical role of recovery processes for idea genera-tion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
JournalJournal of Business Venturing
Volume33
Issue number1
Early online date7 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

© 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Keywords

  • entrepreneurship
  • creativity
  • recovery
  • age
  • aging
  • sleep quality
  • sleep
  • diary study

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