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The psycholinguistics of entrepreneurship

Amulya Tata, Daniella Laureiro Martinez, David Garcia, Adrian Oesch and Stefano Brusoni ()

Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 2017, vol. 7, issue C, 38-44

Abstract: We compare data across 24,624 Twitter users to examine differences between entrepreneurs and the general population. Our analyses reveal that entrepreneurs manifest more positive and fewer negative emotions than the general population. Entrepreneurs also communicate more about work, and less about aspects related to personal life. Interestingly, during the early phases of a venture, positive emotions and work concerns increase, while negative emotions and life concerns decrease. Counterintuitively, work and negative emotions are negatively associated. Entrepreneurs express negative emotions 2.26 times less, and these negative emotions reduce by 8% after successful fundraising. Our work has implications for the understanding of work-life balance and of emotions in entrepreneurial contexts.

Keywords: Emotions; Twitter; Work-life concerns; Early-stage startups; Funding; Linguistics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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