The Dark Side of Entrepreneurs’ Creativity: Investigating How and When Entrepreneurs’ Creativity Increases the Favorability of Potential Opportunities That Harm Nature

Xin Qin, Dean A. Shepherd, Daomi Lin*, Sujuan Xie, Xueji Liang, Shanshan Lin

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Abstract

Entrepreneurs’ creativity is the starting point of opportunity identification, exploitation, and innovation, so it is generally lauded by journalists, citizen observers, practitioners, and scholars. However, they may overstate the benefits of creative entrepreneurs while neglecting their potential costs. Building on moral disengagement theory, we theorize that a creative mindset enables entrepreneurs to generate reasons to justify their potentially environment-destroying behaviors (i.e., nature disengagement), which in turn increases their favorability of potential opportunities that harm nature. We first developed and validated a scale for measuring nature disengagement and then conducted two randomized between-subject experiments with active entrepreneurs. The empirical results largely supported our theoretical model of the dark side of creativity in the entrepreneurship context.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Volume46
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)857-883
Number of pages27
ISSN1042-2587
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • creativity
  • entrepreneur
  • experiment
  • nature disengagement
  • opportunity evaluation

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