Does Neurodiversity in Founding Teams Enhance Performance? Investigating a New Type Of Diversity in New Venture Teams.

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Recent entrepreneurship literature highlights the adaptive benefits of neurological differences for lone entrepreneurs. However, is not known how neurological diversity plays out within new venture teams (NVT). This paper adopts a strengths-based lens to define neurodiversity and empirically test our neurodiversity model by analysing more than 5,452 Danish NVTs over a nine-year period. Our findings reveal that the inclusion of a neurodiverse founding member enhances team performance; this effect is enhanced for founders who have undergone treatment.
This study contributes to entrepreneurship theory by empirically showing the adaptive benefits of multiple neurodiversity conditions and the positive benefits for founding teams composed of neurodiverse entrepreneurs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventBabson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2020 - Online
Duration: 3 Jun 2020 → …
Conference number: 40


ConferenceBabson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2020
Period03/06/2020 → …


  • New Venture Teams
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Neurodiversity

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