Dr Amanda J Williamson

Amanda Williamson

Lecturer in Innovation and Strategy

Qualifications: PhD; MBS; BBS (First Class Hons)

About Amanda

Amanda is a lecturer in innovation and strategy at Waikato Management School, at the University of Waikato. Her research focuses on the health of entrepreneurs and artificial intelligence.

Previous to arriving to the University of Waikato she worked at the New Zealand Centre for SME Research, held a Visiting Researcher position in Chile (PUC), and was awarded her PhD at the Institute of Work Psychology (Sheffield, UK).

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Dr Williamson was the winner of the 2019 Divisional Teaching Excellence Award (Waikato Management School).

In the classroom, Amanda focuses on the mind of the entrepreneur. She currently teaches masters students about thinking and managing strategically, and final year students about commercialising a venture.

Research topic

Amanda's research intersects the fields of entrepreneurship, psychology and artificial intelligence. In the context of entrepreneurial behavior, she is interested in (1) health and emotions, (2) pro-social drivers, and (3) the use of innovative research methods (e.g., machine learning, experience sampling, physiological measurement).

Amanda has published in a leading journal in the field, and has active research projects and international collaborations examining the cross-directional effects between entrepreneurial behaviour, and emotions/health, employing innovative research methods like natural language processing.

An overview of a recent article is provided in the short video below:

Research Affiliations

Amanda is a member of The Institute for Ethical AI & Machine Learning and affiliated with the following research centres:

External Profiles

Social media and external research profiles:

Postal Address

Dr Amanda J Williamson MSB 4.38
C/O Waikato Management School
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Currently supervising students studying entrepreneurs' health and emotions or employing innovative research methods in their research (e.g., gamification or natural language processing techniques).

Research Interests

Entrepreneurs' physical and mental health, prosocial entrepreneurship, and innovative research methods.

New research includes:

Recent Publications

  • Williamson, A. J., Drencheva, A., & Battisti, M. (2020). Entrepreneurial disappointment: Let down and breaking down, a machine-learning study. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, online, 104225872096444. doi:10.1177/1042258720964447

  • Williamson, A., Battisti, M., Leatherbee, M., & Gish, J. J. (2019). Rest, zest, and my innovative best: Sleep and mood as drivers of entrepreneurs’ innovative behavior. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 43(3), 582-610. doi:10.1177/1042258718798630

  • Williamson, A., Battisti, M., Drencheva, A., & Ferri, C. (2019). Entrepreneurial disappointment and its link with mental illness: A machine learning study. In The 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Williamson, A., & Drencheva, A. (2019). Emotional costs of the entrepreneurial process: A review and agenda for future research. In G. Atinc (Ed.), 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Vol. 2019 (pp. 40 pages). Boston, Massachusetts. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2019.10729abstract

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Depression; Emotional Intelligence; Human Behaviour; Machine Learning; Management; Psychology; Social Science Research; Strategic Management

Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurs; Affect; Moods; Innovation; Sleep; Cognition; Passion; Entrepreneurial Passion; Research Methods; Sentiment analysis

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB 4.38
Phone: +64 7 837 9676