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ADHD-Related Neurodiversity and the Entrepreneurial Mindset

Curt B. Moore, Nancy H. McIntyre and Stephen E. Lanivich

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2021, vol. 45, issue 1, 64-91

Abstract: To better understand how neurodiversity (i.e., neurobiological/brain-related differences) is related to entrepreneurial cognition, this study draws on prior research from entrepreneurship and neuroscience to empirically examine the relationship between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the entrepreneurial mindset. We examine differences between entrepreneurs with and without ADHD in cognitive style, entrepreneurial alertness, metacognition, and resource-induced coping heuristic (RICH). Our results suggest neurodiversity from ADHD is meaningfully related to aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset. Our results suggest entrepreneurs with ADHD employ a more intuitive cognitive style and demonstrate higher levels of entrepreneurial alertness and RICH, while no significant differences in metacognition were found.

Keywords: ADHD; entrepreneurial cognition; entrepreneurial mindset; entrepreneurial alertness; entrepreneurial metacognition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1177/1042258719890986

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