Measuring addiction to entrepreneurship

April J. Spivack*, Alexander McKelvie

*Corresponding author for this work

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We develop and validate a measure of entrepreneurship addiction. Inspired by earlier research on entrepreneurship addiction, we develop multi-item scales to measure six underlying criteria (i.e., obsessive thoughts, withdrawal/engagement, self-worth, tolerance, neglect, and negative outcomes). Via three studies, we refine the measure and investigate its dimensional structure. We also provide estimates of prevalence and identify some antecedents of entrepreneurship addiction. The validated measure helps illuminate entrepreneurship addiction’s role in some “dark side” implications of entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00212
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Business Venturing Insights
Publication statusPublished - 06.2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Addiction
  • Scale
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Measure validation


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