How childhood ADHD-like symptoms predict selection into entrepreneurship and implications on entrepreneurial performance

Rajah, Nasir, Bamiatzi, Vasiliki and Williams, Nick (2021) How childhood ADHD-like symptoms predict selection into entrepreneurship and implications on entrepreneurial performance. Journal of Business Venturing, 36 (3). a106091 1-16. ISSN 0883-9026

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Abstract

This study advances research on mental health and entrepreneurship through the examination of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-like symptoms, associated with hyperactivity/impulsivity and inattention. We examine the impact of these symptoms at age 10 on entrepreneurial performance as an adult. We find that while ADHD-like symptoms in childhood may have a positive impact on entrepreneurial selection, they negatively impact on survival and performance, with a variant effect by each symptom, predominantly among males. We find that high levels of inattention predict business failure and lower take-home income, while high levels of hyperactivity/impulsivity contribute to overall negative earnings' growth.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, ADHD, impulsivity, inattention, firm performance, firm survival
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2021 08:10
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 10:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/96601

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