Amanda J. Williamson

BBS, BBS first class honours, MBS, PhD Researcher

Hello, thanks for stopping by!

A bit about me: I am a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield. My PhD research explores entrepreneurial opportunity transformation as an outcome of moods, opportunity beliefs, and exploration behaviour. Broadly, I am interested in exploring the link between psychology and entrepreneurship/strategy from a process perspective. For example, I am intrigued by how fluctuations in mood and sleep may drive entrepreneurial and strategic outcomes, and vice versa.

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:

I am currently working on my PhD research, with an estimated date of completion of September 2018. Please feel free to reach out with any comments. Correspondence in English or Spanish (my second language, which I want to improve in!) is fine. I am located in Aragon, Spain at present, and commute to Sheffield.



  • 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.