Entrepreneurship and psychological disorders: How ADHD can be productively harnessed

Johan Wiklund, Holger Patzelt, Dimo Dimov

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Amidst predominant focus on positive traits for entrepreneurship, this paper explores how disorders such as ADHD influence the decision to engage in entrepreneurial action and the success of entrepreneurial action. Based on a multiple case study of fourteen entrepreneurs previously diagnosed with ADHD, our inductive model highlights impulsivity as a major driver of entrepreneurial action and hyperfocus as a major catalyst for its consequences, both positive and negative. By drawing attention to the positive implications of symptoms commonly seen as negative, the paper opens several major avenues for future theoretical development and empirical research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Business Venturing Insights
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • ADHD
  • Case studies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mental disorder
  • Performance
  • Theory development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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