Mindfulness and Taking Action to Start a New Business

Marco van Gelderen*, Ewald Kibler, Teemu Kautonen, Pablo Munoz, Joakim Wincent

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Mindfulness, meaning a receptive attention to and awareness of present events and experience, is reported to have a wide range of benefits, but it has been suggested that it could prove costly in terms of task performance. This article analyzes how dispositional mindfulness relates to taking entrepreneurial action. Based on two waves of survey data, we find that mindful individuals are less likely to engage in entrepreneurial action than less mindful individuals, but when they do start to act, they take as many actions as individuals who score low on trait mindfulness, and even more if they have entrepreneurial experience.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Small Business Management
Issue numbersup2
Pages (from-to)489-506
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 04.01.2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


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