Title: Entrepreneurship: an insomniac discipline? An empirical study on SME owners/directors

Authors: Florence Guiliani; Olivier Torrès

Addresses: Observatoire AMAROK, Montpellier University (LABEX Entreprendre), 429 rue de l'industrie, 34 000, Montpellier, France ' Observatoire AMAROK, Montpellier University (LABEX Entreprendre), 429 rue de l'industrie, 34 000, Montpellier, France; Montpellier Business School, 2300, Avenue des Moulins, 34 185, Montpellier Cedex 4, France

Abstract: The aim of this article is to highlight an area rarely addressed: the sleep patterns of SME owners. We are all aware of the importance of sleep for one's health, but sleep remains an under-investigated subject. The sleep patterns of SME owners/directors and their impact on alertness are therefore worthy of investigation. We draw on three complementary sleep assessment tools: the Pittsburgh sleep quality index, the Epworth sleepiness scale and the fatigue severity scale. We reveal our initial results based on these tools and emphasise the need to go further by comparing these tools to problems rooted in entrepreneurship.

Keywords: small and medium enterprises; owners/directors; sleep patterns.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2018.094273

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2018 Vol.35 No.1, pp.81 - 101

Accepted: 28 Jun 2016
Published online: 17 Aug 2018 *

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