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Stressing the Opportunities: An Experimental Test of Stress’ Effects on Entrepreneurs’ Cognitive Resources, Opportunity Recognition, and Decision-Making
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2014)
  • David Jiang, Georgia Southern University
  • Timothy Munyon, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Abstract
Entrepreneurs are often known to operate in dynamic environments that can include financial constraints, rapid change, uncertainty, and other conditions known to induce high levels of stress (Baron et al., 2013). Empirical evidence suggests that stress, especially stress that is prolonged and intense, is related to a wide range of harmful outcomes (Ganster & Rosen, 2013). However, recent research suggests that entrepreneurs, as a group, generally self-select into entrepreneurship and therefore counter-intuitively experience lower levels of occupational stress (Baron et al., 2013). Drawing on extant research and Fiedler and Garcia’s (1987) Cognitive Resource Theory, our study’s multi-method design can further enhance understanding of this phenomenon and allow stronger causal inferences for untested critical assumptions regarding entrepreneurs’ stress management and how it affects entrepreneurial outcomes.
Keywords
  • Stress effects,
  • Entrepreneur,
  • Cognitive resources,
  • Opportunity recognition,
  • Decision-making
Disciplines
Publication Date
June, 2014
Location
London, ON, Canada
Citation Information
David Jiang and Timothy Munyon. "Stressing the Opportunities: An Experimental Test of Stress’ Effects on Entrepreneurs’ Cognitive Resources, Opportunity Recognition, and Decision-Making" Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david-jiang/12/