ADHD Symptoms, Entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and firm performance

Wei Yu, Johan Wiklund, Ana Perez-Luño

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Inspired by anecdotal evidence of successful entrepreneurs with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), scholars have started to investigate the relationship between ADHD and entrepreneurship. However, there is limited understanding of whether or not ADHD symptoms of entrepreneurs are functional in terms of firm performance. Drawing on two samples of entrepreneurs we found that impulsive and hyperactive symptoms of ADHD are conducive to firm performance while inattention symptoms are not. Further, the positive relationship between ADHD symptoms and firm performance is fully mediated by Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO). We discuss the implications of our findings for entrepreneurship literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2018Aug 14 2018


Other78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations


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