This study investigates the link between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms and entrepreneurial orientation (EO). EO is known to be a crucial factor for small firm survival and growth, conceptualised as a business characteristic but influenced by the personality of the small business owner and measured at her individual level. There is ample anecdotal evidence claiming that ADHD symptoms have helped entrepreneurs in their careers. Using a data set of French small firm owners, we are the first to go beyond the anecdotal level in linking ADHD symptoms and EO. Our study contributes to our understanding of entrepreneurship, particularly the determinants of EO, and to “destigmatising” ADHD, which is considered solely a clinical disorder that should be treated.

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Thurik, A.R, Khedhaouria, A. (Anis), Torrès, O. (Olivier), & Verheul, I. (2016). ADHD Symptoms and Entrepreneurial Orientation of Small Firm Owners. Applied Psychology, 65(3), 568–586. doi:10.1111/apps.12062