Dr Amanda J Williamson

Amanda Williamson

Lecturer in Innovation and Strategy

Qualifications: BBS, BBS first class honours, MBS, PhD.

About Amanda

Downloadable Curriculum Vitae (CV)

I am a lecturer in innovation and strategy at Waikato Management School, at the University of Waikato. I currently teach strategic management in the Master of Business and Management (MBM) programme.

I undertook my PhD at the Institute of Work Psychology (UK, Sheffield University), on the dark side of entrepreneurship. Previous to starting at Waikato Management School, I was a visiting researcher in Chile, and earlier, a research assistant at the (then) New Zealand Centre for SME Research, Massey University.

Research Interest

My area of research intersects the fields of strategy and psychology. I examine entrepreneurship through a psychological lens, by considering the cross-directional effects between entrepreneurial behaviour, and sleep, emotions or health. I am passionate about social entrepreneurship and other compassionate and pro-social research contexts.

I have published in a leading journal in the field, and have active research projects and international collaborations on entrepreneurship and mood, employing innovative research methods like machine learning and experience sampling methodologies.

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

Research Affiliations

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

External Profiles

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Papers Taught

Recent Publications

  • 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

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

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Emotional Intelligence; Human Behaviour; Management; Psychology; Strategic Management

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

Contact Details

Room: MSB 4.38
Phone: +64 7 837 9676