Job burnout and work engagement in entrepreneurs: How the psychological utility of entrepreneurship drives healthy engagement

Martin Obschonka*, Ignacio Pavez, Teemu Kautonen, Ewald Kibler , Katariina Salmela-Aro, Joakim Wincent

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Abstract

What is the real value of entrepreneurship? We propose a framework of psychological utility by integrating Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) theory with a recovery approach from a personal agency perspective. We hypothesize that personal agency together with the positive JD-R pattern of entrepreneurship generates outstanding psychological utility, which maintains and rewards a healthy, strong work engagement that spills over to off-work time. This benefits entrepreneurs, but also their businesses reliant on strong work engagement that avoids burnout. We validate our framework by means of panel data comprising four waves (348 entrepreneurs and 1002 employees), where we also analyze different types of entrepreneurs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106272
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Business Venturing
Volume38
Issue number2
ISSN0883-9026
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13.12.2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • entrepreneurship
  • psychological utility
  • well-being
  • job burnout
  • work engagement
  • work reccovery
  • job demands
  • job resources
  • psychological capital
  • solo entrepreneurs

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Leading for growth and well-being

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