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Entrepreneurial burnout: exploring antecedents, dimensions and outcomes


Shepherd, C and Marchisio, G and Morrish, S and Deacon, J and Miles, M, Entrepreneurial burnout: exploring antecedents, dimensions and outcomes, Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, 12, (1) pp. 71-79. ISSN 1471-5201 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1108/14715201011060894


Purpose The purpose of this paper is to conceptually and empirically explore the antecedents and consequences of entrepreneurial burnout that is burnout related to the process of discovery or creation of attractive economic opportunities, the assessment of these opportunities, and the decision on the exploitation of opportunities.

Design/methodology/approach This study is a survey of entrepreneurs in New Zealand who were alumni of a university sponsored executive development course for owner-managers of small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Findings It is found that role stress is positively related to burnout and that burnout has a negative impact on organizational commitment, organizational satisfaction, and relative perceived firm performance. In addition, implications for entrepreneurs are offered with the objective of providing suggestions to mediate the negative consequences of entrepreneurial burnout.

Research limitations/implications The present study is limited by culture the sample was drawn from New Zealand entrepreneurs; survivor bias only successful owner-managers who self-selected for executive education were in the sampling frame; and the limits of the metrics. The first additional questions would be how widespread is the problem, and how does that vary by type of entrepreneurial endeavor? The secondary research priority concerns the antecedents of burnout in the entrepreneurial context.

Practical implications Entrepreneurial burnout may have significant social and economic costs that can be minimized with proper treatment and prevention.

Originality/value Burnout has not been extensively explored in the context of entrepreneurs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:entrepreneurialism, New Zealand, stress
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Entrepreneurship
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Marketing
UTAS Author:Miles, M (Professor Morgan Miles)
ID Code:67704
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2011-03-07
Last Modified:2013-08-29
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