Are marathon runners the better entrepreneurs? The Influence of Leisure Activities on Entrepreneurial Success & Well-Being

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Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftswissenschaften für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler
Bachelor; Master


Innovation is a central factor for corporate success - and so is the innovative and creative entrepreneur. But how exactly can the innovative power of the entrepreneur be influenced? To answer this question, we want to analyze the leisure activities (e.g. artistic, musical, sporting) and their effect on the innovative power.
In the context of this thesis, the question can be investigated by literature research and/or interviews and questionnaires.

Introductory literature:
• Sonnentag, Sabine; Venz, Laura; Casper, Anne (2017): Advances in recovery research: What have we learned? What should be done next? In Journal of occupational health psychology 22 (3), pp. 365–380. DOI: 10.1037/ocp0000079.
• Weinberger, Eva; Wach, Dominika; Stephan, Ute; Wegge, Jürgen (2018): Having a creative day: Understanding entrepreneurs’ daily idea generation through a recovery lens. In Journal of Business Venturing 33 (1), pp. 1–19. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2017.09.001.
• Kelly, Ciara M.; Strauss, Karoline; Arnold, John; Stride, Chris (2020): The relationship between leisure activities and psychological resources that support a sustainable career: The role of leisure seriousness and work-leisure similarity. In Journal of Vocational Behavior 117, p. 103340. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2019.103340.

An excerpt of your most important tasks during the thesis:
• Definition of the research question
• Independent literature research
• Evaluation and discussion of the results

What is in it for you?
• a scientifically relevant thesis at the intersection of entrepreneurship and (social) psychology
• Supervision by a doctoral student with a similar research focus

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, innovation, leisure, hobbies, work-life, Startup, social psychology, psychology