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The effects of neurodiversity on cognitive attributes of entrepreneurs

Stephen E. Lanivich (Department of Management, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Curt Moore (Department of Entrepreneurship, William S Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA)
Nancy McIntyre (West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 15 January 2024

Issue publication date: 2 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study investigates how attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in entrepreneurs functions through coping schema to affect entrepreneurship-related cognitions. It is proposed that the resource-induced coping heuristic (RICH) bridges the conceptual gap between pathological cognitive executive control/reward attributes and cognitive resources, specifically entrepreneurial alertness, cognitive adaptability and entrepreneurial intent.

Design/methodology/approach

With data from 581 entrepreneurs, this study utilizes partial least squares structural equation modeling for analysis. Additionally, a two-stage hierarchical component modeling approach was used to estimate latent variable scores for higher-order constructs.

Findings

Findings indicate the RICH mediates the relationships ADHD has with alertness, cognitive adaptability and entrepreneurial intent.

Originality/value

The RICH is introduced as a mechanism to explain how ADHD indirectly influences entrepreneurial alertness, cognitive adaptability and entrepreneurial intent.

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Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the John Chamber College of Business and Economics, Coffman Chair of Entrepreneurial Studies at WVU.

Citation

Lanivich, S.E., Moore, C. and McIntyre, N. (2024), "The effects of neurodiversity on cognitive attributes of entrepreneurs", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 979-1000. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-12-2022-1079

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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