Amanda Jasmine Williamson

Hello, thanks for stopping by! I am a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK.

I am at the tail-end of a doctorate, that explores the link between entrepreneurial affect and new venture opportunity change. I am particularly interested in research that intersects the disciplines of psychology and entrepreneurship, and that utilises novel research methods.

Previously, I worked as a Research Assistant at the (then named) New Zealand Centre for small and medium-size enterprise (SME) research, and as a project manager for innovation research in Chile. I am currently a recipient of a doctoral scholarship award, and I hold top student awards from Massey University New Zealand, where I graduated on the Dean's List, in the highest five per cent of students, earned first class honours and a master’s degree in entrepreneurship.

I am affiliated with the following research centres:

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  • 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 innovative 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. Link:




  • Williamson, A. J. (2009). Work-life balance & New Zealand SME owner-managers (unpublished research report). Massey University. Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Recent reviewer activities

    • 2017 International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research (ad hoc)
    • 2016 International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research (ad hoc)
    • 2016 British Academy of Management (BAM) conference: Reviewer for the entrepreneurship track.
    • 2016 Australian New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference. Competitive paper and interactive paper reviewer on topics relating to organisational behaviour & entrepreneurship.
    • 2015 ACERE (Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange). Full paper reviewer.


  • Introduction to Management

Guest lecturer in:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Small Business
  • Human Resource Management