Jeff Gish, PhD
Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida
Jeff has a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Oregon and is presently a professor of entrepreneurship at UCF.
His research focuses on the behavior of entrepreneurs, including the processes through which entrepreneurs decide to found new ventures and make business decisions. Recently, he has begun to explore how these processes are influenced by day-to-day variations in biological dynamics – including sleep.
He and his colleagues recently performed a series of elegantly designed studies which explore how sleep (or the lack thereof) might affect two functions that are fundamental to the role of an entrepreneur: the capacity to generate new business ideas, and the ability to assess the viability of business ideas being presented to them. These studies overall suggest that sleep plays a vital role in the cognitive processes behind successful entrepreneurship, and losing sleep makes it harder to recognize how a new technology or service might align with a market.