Entrepreneurship addiction: Shedding light on the manifestation of the "Dark side" in work-behavior patterns

April J. Spivack, Alexander McKelvie

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We examine the notion of entrepreneurship addiction, the compulsive engagement in entrepreneurial activities. We address what is unique about this type of behavioral addiction compared to related work-pattern concepts of workaholism, entrepreneurial passion, and work engagement. We identify new and promising areas to expand understanding of what factors lead to entrepreneurship addiction, what entrepreneurship addiction leads to, how to effectively study entrepreneurship addiction, and other applications where entrepreneurship addiction might be relevant to study. These help to set a research agenda that more fully addresses a potential "dark side" psychological factor among some entrepreneurs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-378
Number of pages21
JournalAcademy of Management Learning and Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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