ADHD Symptoms, Entrepreneurial Passion, and Entrepreneurial Performance

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Recent studies have substantially enhanced our understanding of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in entrepreneurship—articulating the theoretical relevance of ADHD-type traits in entrepreneurship and confirming the positive linkages between ADHD symptoms/diagnosis and entrepreneurial intentions and behavior. However, how and why some people with ADHD symptoms run successful ventures, while other entrepreneurs fail to perform well, is still not well established. Our study builds on a Gestalt perspective that integrates person–environment fit and broaden-and-build theorizing, and proposes that strong positive emotions enable entrepreneurs with ADHD symptoms (at the subclinical level) to mitigate/reinforce the effect of ADHD’s trait-specific weaknesses/strengths to achieve entrepreneurial performance. Relying on fuzzy-set methodology, our findings indicate that for entrepreneurs with ADHD symptoms, entrepreneurial performance occurs when they simultaneously experience passion for founding and developing. This passion configuration is unique to successful ADHD-type entrepreneurs. As such, this study offers novel theoretical and empirical insights as well as implications for practitioners.
Authors Hatak, Isabella; Chang, Manling; Harms, Rainer & Wiklund, Johan
Journal or Publication Title Small Business Economics
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area Global Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation
Refereed Yes
Date 3 December 2021
Publisher Kluwer Academic
Volume 57
Page Range 1693-1713
ISSN 0921-898X
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Isabella Hatak
Date Deposited 01 Sep 2020 08:42
Last Modified 03 Dec 2021 13:28


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Hatak, Isabella; Chang, Manling; Harms, Rainer & Wiklund, Johan (2021) ADHD Symptoms, Entrepreneurial Passion, and Entrepreneurial Performance. Small Business Economics, 57 1693-1713. ISSN 0921-898X

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