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ADHD Symptoms, Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO), and Firm Performance

Wei Yu, Johan Wiklund and Ana Pérez-Luño

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2021, vol. 45, issue 1, 92-117

Abstract: Recently, scholars have started to investigate the relationship between ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) symptoms and entrepreneurship, finding that ADHD symptoms positively impact entrepreneurial intention and action. However, the performance implications of ADHD symptoms are still unknown. Using two samples of entrepreneurs from the United States and Spain, we find evidence that impulsive and hyperactive symptoms of ADHD are largely conducive to firm performance through entrepreneurial orientation (EO) while inattention symptoms are not. This suggests that the performance advantages of entrepreneurs ADHD symptoms can be derived from greater focus on innovation, proactiveness, and risk-taking. We discuss the implications of our findings for the entrepreneurship literature.

Keywords: ADHD; entrepreneurial orientation; venture performance; personality; mental health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1177/1042258719892987

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