Ms Amanda J. Williamson

Room: Management Doctoral Centre
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3283

Bachelor of Business Studies, in Enterprise Development, Massey University BBS,
First Class Honours, in Management, Massey University,
MBS, in Management, Massey University

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I graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies in Enterprise Development in 2008, and gained first class honours in Management in 2009. Throughout my studies, and beyond, I had the privilege of working at the (then called) New Zealand Centre for SME Research as a Research Assistant. It was through this experience of working with inspiring researchers, conducting qualitative interviews, and running my own (modest) social venture, that I became interested in better understanding how the more “human” aspects of the entrepreneurial experience interact with the process of enterprise creation.

After four years with the New Zealand Centre for SME Research I moved to Chile where I indulged my wanderlust, started a (long, slow, and continual) journey of Spanish language acquisition, and worked on grant application for entrepreneurial and innovation research projects with a Chilean university.

I have since gained a Master of Business studies focusing on entrepreneurship psychology, and embarked on a PhD with an expected completion date of September 2018.

Besides research, I love photography, making music, and spending time with my family. I’m excited about the field of entrepreneurship psychology and always interested in exploring ideas for collaboration, particularly relating to how fluctuations in an entrepreneurs’ health, mood, sleep, and general energy interacts with entrepreneurial processes and vice versa.


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Research Interests

My doctoral research focuses on the micro-foundations of new venture emergence. Specifically, I explore change in a new venture concept as a product of mood-driven explorative and exploitative opportunity behaviour.

Recent Publications

Williamson, A. J., & Battisti, M. (2016, September). Waking up on the innovative side of the bed: Daily entrepreneurial behaviour as a result of high activated moods and good sleep. Paper presented at the 30th British Academy of Management conference: Thriving in Turbulent Times. Newcastle, UK.

Williamson, A. J., Bledow, R., Battisti, M., & Leatherbee, M. (2016, June). Moody yet innovative: The role of daily affective change on the innovative work behaviour of entrepreneurs. Paper presented at the 2016 IWP Conference on Work, Well-being and Performance. Sheffield, UK.

Williamson, A. J. & Battisti, M. (2015). Affect as a predictor of behaviour in entrepreneurship. Paper presented at the 28th Annual SEAANZ Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Battisti, M. & Williamson, A. J. (2015). The role of intermediaries in the small business transfer process. Small Enterprise Research, 22 (1), 32-48. DOI: 10.1080/13215906.2015.1022129.

Battisti, M., & Williamson, A. J. (2012). The role of intermediaries in the small business transfer process. In T. Volery, U. Fueglistaller, T. Zellweger, & W. Weber (Eds.), In search of a dynamic equilibrium: exploring and managing tensions in entrepreneurship and SMEs. KMU Verlag HSG, St.Gallen, Switzerland: Rencontres de St-Gall, Swiss Research Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Williamson, A. J., Lewis, K., & Massey, C. (2011). Work-life balance in small business: the impact of firm and family milestones. In A. Lundström (Ed.), The 56th Annual ICSB World Conference: Changes in Perspectives of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation (pp. 1–16). Stockholm, Sweden: 56th Annual ICSB World Conference.