Narcissism and entrepreneurship: Evidence from six datasets

Yik Kiu Leung, Ingmar Franken, Roy Thurik*, Martijn Driessen, Katsuyuki Kamei, Olivier Torrès, Ingrid Verheul

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Abstract

Widespread attention is being paid to the alleged rise of narcissism in people in general and business leaders in particular. Surprisingly, hardly any studies have focused on the link between narcissism and entrepreneurship. Using self-reported data from 4798 respondents from three countries, we explore the associations between trait narcissism and six different entrepreneurial aspects that represent the entire entrepreneurial process. Overall, our findings suggest that a positive link exists between narcissism and entrepreneurship that is particularly salient in the early stage of the entrepreneurial process (e.g., entrepreneurial intention) and in the individual aspects of entrepreneurship (e.g., entrepreneurial orientation, well-being of the entrepreneur). Our additional analyses reveal that the adaptive aspect of narcissism (i.e., leadership/authority) is most consistently linked to entrepreneurship and that the links between narcissism and entrepreneurship are predominately linear. Finally, our findings are largely robust when different sets of controls are added.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00216
JournalJournal of Business Venturing Insights
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The present research was supported by LabEx Entreprendre of the Universit? de Montpellier (Montpellier Management, MOMA) which is funded by the French government (LabEx Entreprendre, ANR-10-Labex-11-01) as well as by the public research centre Montpellier Research in Management (EA 4557, Universit? de Montpellier). The present research was also supported by a grant of Erasmus University Rotterdam called Research Excellence Initiative (REI 2015). We thank Niels Rietveld for his valuable advice and comments on the manuscript.

Funding Information:
The present research was supported by LabEx Entreprendre of the Université de Montpellier (Montpellier Management, MOMA) which is funded by the French government (LabEx Entreprendre, ANR-10-Labex-11-01) as well as by the public research centre Montpellier Research in Management (EA 4557, Université de Montpellier). The present research was also supported by a grant of Erasmus University Rotterdam called Research Excellence Initiative (REI 2015). We thank Niels Rietveld for his valuable advice and comments on the manuscript.

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