Although commercialization of research activities has drawn some research attention, more studies are warranted to clearly understand the drivers behind academic entrepreneurship. The present paper investigates the association between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms and academic entrepreneurial preference. ADHD symptoms have typically been associated with impaired occupational functioning among wage employees. Recent studies, however, indicate that the same symptoms of ADHD that are a liability for wage employees may work out differently for entrepreneurs. Building on previous studies that link ADHD symptoms to entrepreneurship, and using the theoretical lens of person-environment fit, we hypothesize that ADHD symptoms (at the so-called subclinical level) are associated with academic entrepreneurial preference. Results of our data from academic researchers in France, Spain, and Italy (N = 534) show that there is a negative association between attention-deficit symptoms and academic entrepreneurial preference. However, there is no link between hyperactivity symptoms and academic entrepreneurial preference.

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Keywords Academic entrepreneurial preference, Attention-deficit symptoms, Hyperactivity symptoms
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11187-018-0057-x, hdl.handle.net/1765/119222
Journal Small Business Economics: an entrepreneurship journal
Citation
Canits, I.C, Bernoster, I, Mukerjee, J. (Jinia), Bonnet, J. (Jean), Rizzo, U. (Ugo), & Rosique-Blasco, M. (Mario). (2019). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms and academic entrepreneurial preference: is there an association?. Small Business Economics: an entrepreneurship journal, 53(2), 369–380. doi:10.1007/s11187-018-0057-x