Entrepreneurship & Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Large-Scale Study Involving the Clinical Condition of Adhd

23 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2017

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Dan Lerner

University of Deusto

I. Verheul

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Roy Thurik

Montpellier Business School; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics (CASBEC); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research; Tinbergen Institute

Abstract

A growing conversation has emerged linking ostensibly dark or pathological individual-level characteristics to entrepreneurship. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) emerged as a proof-of-concept phenomenon. Recent studies in entrepreneurship journals have made great strides – articulating the theoretical relevance of ADHD-type behavior in entrepreneurship, and suggesting a positive link consistent with narratives in the popular press. While the recent research has made important inroads, quantitative studies have yet to empirically examine ADHD in line with its theoretical roots and definition – as a full-blown clinical disorder. The present paper contributes by providing a theoretically-empirically aligned test of the connection between clinical ADHD and entrepreneurial intention as well as action.

Keywords: nascent venturing, ADHD, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, entrepreneurial intentions, entrepreneurial action

JEL Classification: L26, I12

Suggested Citation

Lerner, Dan and Verheul, Ingrid and Thurik, Roy, Entrepreneurship & Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Large-Scale Study Involving the Clinical Condition of Adhd. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11105. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3069448

Dan Lerner (Contact Author)

University of Deusto

Ingrid Verheul

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

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Roy Thurik

Montpellier Business School

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