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Johan Wiklund

Johan Wiklund

Professor of Entrepreneurship

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Ph D, Jönköping International Business School (Entrepreneurship)

Johan Wiklund is the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, USA. His research interests include neurodiversity and mental well-being in entrepreneurship. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with over 100 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and over 35,000 citations to his research. He is Editor-in-Chief for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, a premier entrepreneurship journal. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011.

Research Topics

  • Entrepreneurship and mental health
  • Performance
  • Growth
  • Exit
  • Failure of entrepreneurial firms
Professor Wiklund's research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the performance, growth, exit, and failure of entrepreneurial firms.

Working Papers
  • "Walking the talk: Examining intrinsic motivation in prosocial microlending", Journal of Business Venturing (with Bort, J., Moss, T.)
  • "Driven to Succeed? A self-determination perspective on entrepreneurial performance", Journal of Business Venturing (with Bort, J., Moss, T.)
  • "Business failure and institutions in entrepreneurship: A systematic review and research agenda", Small Business Economics (with Lee, C., Amezcua, A., Abdul-Qadir, E.)
  • "Impulsivity and subjective wellbeing among indigenous entrepreneurs", (with Moss, T., Yu, W.)
  • "Firm Growth: Assessing Resource Based Explainations", (with Nason, R.)
  • "Firm Growth and the role of Organizational Boundary Permeability.", (with Nason, R.)
  • "Neither Open Nor Closed: Organizational Boundary Permeability And New Venture Growth. ", (with Nason, R., McKelvie, A.)
Selected Publications
  • "ADHD Symptoms, Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO), and Firm Performance", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 45(1), 92-117, 2021 (with Yu, W., Perez-Luno, A.)
  • "A comprehensive review of the global development of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and their regulation", Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 15, e00213, 2021 (with Bellavitis, C., Fisch, C.)
  • "A dynamic model of entrepreneurial opportunity: Integrating Kirzner’s and Mises’s approaches to entrepreneurial action", , 23(3-4), 499-541, 2020 (with McKelvie, A., McMullen, J., Palubinskas, A.)
  • "Mental Health in the Family Business: A Conceptual Model and a Research Agenda", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 44(1), 55-80, 2020 (with Miller, D., Yu, W.)
  • "ADHD symptoms, entrepreneurial passion, and entrepreneurial performance", Small Business Economics, 2020 (with Hatak, I., Chang, M., Harms, R.)
  • "Dispositional Positive and Negative Affect and Self-Employment Transitions: The Mediating Role of Job Satisfaction", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 44(3), 451-474, 2020 (with Nikolaev, B., Shir, N.)
  • "ENTREPRENEURSHIP, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, AND MENTAL HEALTH: AN EXCITING AND PROMISING NEW FIELD OF RESEARCH", ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVES, 34(2), 291-295, 2020 (with Hatak, I., Lerner, D., Verheul, I., Thurik, R., Antshel, K.)
  • "Fear not, want not: Untangling the effects of social cost of failure on high-growth entrepreneurship", Small Business Economics, 2020 (with Lee, C., Cottle, G., Simmons, S.)
  • "How entrepreneurial intentions influence entrepreneurial career choices: The moderating influence of social context", Journal of Business Venturing, 35(3), 2020 (with Meoli, A., Fini, R., Sobrero, M.)
  • "Simple Rules, Templates, and Heuristics! An Attempt to Deconstruct the Craft of Writing an Entrepreneurship Paper", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 44(3), 371-390, 2020 (with Shepherd, D.)
  • "Working in Bed-A Commentary on "Automation, Algorithms, and Beyond: Why Work Design Matters More than Ever in a Digital World" by Parker and Grote", Journal of Applied Psychology, 2020
  • "Entrepreneurial learning under uncertainty: exploring the role of self-efficacy and perceived complexity", Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 1-23, 2020 (with Markowska, M.)
  • "Conquering Relevance: Entrepreneurship Research's Grand Challenge", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 43(3), 419-436, 2019 (with Wright, M., Zahra, S.)
  • "Entrepreneurship and well-being: Past, present, and future", Journal of Business Venturing, 34(4), 579-588, 2019 (with Nikolaev, B., Shir, N., Foo, M., Bradley, S.)
  • "Gender gaps and reentry into entrepreneurial ecosystems after business failure", Small Business Economics, 53(2), 517-531, 2019 (with Simmons, S., Levie, J., Bradley, S., Sunny, S.)
  • "Entrepreneurial impulsivity is not rational judgment", Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 2019
  • "Orchestrating boundaries: The effect of R&D boundary permeability on new venture growth", Journal of Business Venturing, 34(1), 63-79, 2019 (with Nason, R., McKelvie, A., Hitt, M., Yu, W.)
  • "ADHD Symptoms, Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO), and Firm Performance", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 104225871989298, 2019 (with Yu, W., Pérez-Luño, A.)
  • "Dispositional Positive and Negative Affect and Self-Employment Transitions: The Mediating Role of Job Satisfaction", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 104225871881835, 2019 (with Nikolaev, B., Shir, N.)
  • "Theories from the Lab: How Research on Science Commercialization can Contribute to Management Studies", Journal of Management Studies, 56(5), 865-894, 2019 (with Fini, R., Rasmussen, E., Wright, M.)
  • "Gender gaps and reentry into entrepreneurial ecosystems after business failure", Small Business Economics, 2018 (with Simmons, S., Bradley, S., Levie, J., Sunny, S.)
  • "MENTAL DISORDERS IN THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONTEXT: WHEN BEING DIFFERENT CAN BE AN ADVANTAGE", ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVES, 32(2), 182-206, 2018 (with Hatak, I., Patzelt, H., Shepherd, D.)
  • "Orchestrating boundaries: The effect of R&D boundary permeability on new venture growth", Journal of Business Venturing, 34(1), 63-79, 2018 (with Nason, R., McKelvie, A., Hitt, M., Yu, W.)
  • "RETHINKING THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF PUBLIC SCIENCE: FROM ENTREPRENEURIAL OUTCOMES TO SOCIETAL IMPACTS", ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVES, 32(1), 4-20, 2018 (with Fini, R., Rasmussen, E., Siegel, D.)
  • "Theories from the Lab: How Research on Science Commercialization can Contribute to Management Studies", Journal of Management Studies, 2018 (with Fini, R., Rasmussen, E., Wright, M.)
  • "What Are We Explaining? A Review and Agenda on Initiating, Engaging, Performing, and Contextualizing Entrepreneurship", Journal of Management, 45(1), 159-196, 2018 (with Shepherd, D., Wennberg, K., Suddaby, R.)
  • "Dispositional positive and negative affect and self-employment transitions: The mediating role of job satisfaction and health", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2018 (with Shir, N., Nikolaev, B.)
  • "Entrepreneurship and wellbeing: Past, present and future", Journal of Business Venturing, 2018 (with Nikolaev, B., Shir, N., Foo, M., Bradley, S.)
  • "Externally acquired or internally generated? Knowledge development and perceived environmental dynamism in new venture innovation", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 42(1), 24-46, 2018 (with McKelvie, A., Brattstrom, A.)
  • "An Assessment of Resource-Based Theorizing on Firm Growth and Suggestions for the Future", Journal of Management, 44(1), 32-60, 2018 (with Nason, R.)
  • "IMPULSIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTION", ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVES, 32(3), 379-403, 2018 (with Yu, W., Patzelt, H.)
  • "Location choices of graduate entrepreneurs", Research Policy, 46(8), 1490-1504, 2017 (with Larsson, J., Wennberg, K., Wright, M.)
  • "Impulsivity and entrepreneurial action", ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVES, 2017 (with Yu, W.)
  • "Mental Disorders in the Entrepreneurship Context: When being different can be an advantage", ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVES, 2017
  • "ADHD, impulsivity and entrepreneurship", Journal of Business Venturing, 32(6), 627-656, 2017 (with Yu, W., Tucker, R., Marino, L.)
  • "Success, Failure, and Entrepreneurial Reentry: An Experimental Assessment of the Veracity of Self‐Efficacy and Prospect Theory ", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 41(1), 19-47, 2017 (with Hsu, D., Cotton, R.)
  • "Success, Failure, and Entrepreneurial Reentry: An Experimental Assessment of the Veracity of Self-Efficacy and Prospect Theory", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 41(1), 19-47, 2017 (with Hsu, D., Cotton, R.)
  • "The Effects of CEO Founder Status and Stock Ownership on Entrepreneurial Orientation in Small Firms", Journal of Small Business Management, 55(1), 32-55, 2017 (with Deb, P.)
  • "The Effects of CEO Founder Status and Stock Ownership on Entrepreneurial Orientation in Small Firms", Journal of Small Business Management, 55(1), 32-55, 2016 (with Deb, P.)
  • "Entrepreneurial Exit Intentions and the Business-Family Interface", Journal of Business Venturing, 31(6), 613-627, 2016 (with Hsu, D., Anderson, S., Coffey, B.)
  • "An Analysis of Business Models: Firm characteristics, innovation and performance", , 22(1), 1-12, 2016 (with Brannon, D.)
  • "Entrepreneurial Exit Intentions and the Business-Family InterfaceEntrepreneurial Exit Intentions and the Business-Family Interface", Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 6, 14-20, 2016 (with Patzelt, H., Dimov, D.)
  • "Entrepreneurial exit intentions and the business-family interface", Journal of Business Venturing, 31(6), 613-627, 2016 (with Hsu, D., Anderson, S., Coffey, B.)
  • "Inside the black box of outcome additionality: Effects of early-stage government subsidies on resource accumulation and new venture performance", Research Policy, 2015
  • "ADHD "Symptoms" Are Advantages for the Entrepreneur", Psychology Today, 2015 (with Archer, D.)
  • "What about new entry? Examining the theorized role of new entry in entrepreneurial orientation research. ", International Small Business Journal, 2015 (with McKelvie, A., Wales, W.)
  • "The emergence of evidence–based entrepreneurship.", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2014 (with Frese, M., Rousseau, D.)
  • "Individual responses to firm failure: Appraisals, grief, and the influence of prior failure experience", Journal of Business Venturing, 29(1), 17-33, 2014 (with Jenkins, A., Brundin, E.)
  • "Stigma and business failure: implications for entrepreneurs' career choices", Small Business Economics, 42(3), 485-505, 2014 (with Simmons, S., Levie, J.)
  • "Stigma and business failure: Implications for entrepreneurs’ career choices", Small Business Economics, 1-21, 2013 (with Simmons, S., Levie, J.)
  • "Organizational Sponsorship and Founding Environments: A Contingency View on the Survival of Business Incubated Firms, 1994-2007", Academy of Management Journal, 56(6), 1628-1654, 2013 (with Amezcua, A., Grimes, M., Bradley, S.)
  • "The Varying Effects of Family Relationships in Entrepreneurial Teams", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 2013 (with Haynie, M., Brannon, D.)
  • "Internal versus external ownership transition in family firms: An embeddedness perspective", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 37(6), 1319-1340, 2013 (with Nordqvist, M., Hellerstedt, K., Bird, M.)
  • "Measuring the market newness of new ventures", Journal of Business Venturing, 27(2), 185-196, 2012 (with Dahlqvist, J.)
  • "Exploring the Heart: Entrepreneurial emotion is a hot topic", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 36(1), 1-10, 2012 (with Cardon, M., Foo, M., Shepherd, D.)
  • "Implications of intra-family and external ownership transfer of family firms: Short-term and long-term performance differences", Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 5(4), 352-372, 2011 (with Wennberg, K., Hellerstedt, K., Nordqvist, M.)
  • "Resources, environmental change, and survival: Asymmetric paths of young independent and subsidiary organizations", Strategic Management Journal, 32(5), 486-509, 2011 (with Bradley, S., Aldrich, H., Shepherd, D.)
  • "Swinging a double-edged sword: The effect of slack on entrepreneurial management and growth", Journal of Business Venturing, 26(5), 537-554, 2011 (with Bradley, S., Shepherd, D.)
  • "Organic and Acquisitive Growth: Re-examining, Testing and Extending Penrose’s Growth Theory", Journal of Management Studies, 48(1), 48-74, 2011 (with Lockett, A., Davidsson, P., Girma, S.)
  • "The dual nature of innovative activity: How entrepreneurial orientation influences innovation generation and adoption", Journal of Business Venturing, 26(5), 555-571, 2011 (with Pérez-Luño, A., Cabrera, R.)
  • "The effectiveness of university knowledge spillovers: Performance differences between university spinoffs and corporate spinoffs", Research Policy, 40(8), 1128-1143, 2011 (with Wennberg, K., Wright, M.)
  • "The Future of Entrepreneurship Research", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 35(1), 1-9, 2011 (with Davidsson, P., Audretsch, D., Karlsson, C.)
  • "The importance of slack for new organizations facing ’tough’ environments", Journal of Management Studies, 48(5), 1071-1097, 2011 (with Bradley, S., Shepherd, D.)
  • "Where to from here? EO-as-experimentation, failure, and distribution of outcomes", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 35(5), 925-946, 2011 (with Shepherd, D.)
  • "Reconceptualizing entrepreneurial exit: Divergent exit routes and their drivers", Journal of Business Venturing, 25(4), 361-375, 2010 (with Wennberg, K., DeTienne, D., Cardon, M.)
  • "The age-effect of financial indicators as buffers against the liability of newness", Journal of Business Venturing, 25(4), 423-437, 2010 (with Baker, T., Shepherd, D.)
  • "Advancing Firm Growth Research: A Focus on Growth Mode Instead of GrowthRate", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 34(2), 261-288, 2010 (with McKelvie, A.)
  • "Entrepreneurial orientation and business performance: An assessment of past research and suggestions for the future", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 33(3), 761-787, 2009 (with Rauch, A., Lumpkin, G., Frese, M.)
  • "An assessment of resource-based theorizing on firm growth and suggestions for the future", Journal of Management (with Nason, R.)
  • "An Analysis of Business Models: Firm characteristics, innovation and performance", Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal (with Brannon, D.)

Awards and Honors

  • Visiting Professor - Denmark University of Technology (2020)
  • Whitman School Senior Scholar Award - Syracuse University (2019)
  • Lazaridis Chair - Wilfrid Laurier University (2019)
  • Fulbright Distinguished Professorship - The Fulbright Commission and RMIT University (2018)
  • 2015 Greif Research Impact Award - Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division (2015)
  • Mentor Award - Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (2011)
  • Best Empirical Paper Award - Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (2010)
  • IDEA Research Promise Award - Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (2010)
  • Mentor Award - Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (2010)
  • Best Empirical Paper Award - Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (2008)
  • Best Reviewer Award - Journal of Management Studies (2008)
  • IDEA Research Promise Award - Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (2008)
  • The Creativity Award - Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research (2006)
  • Best Empirical Paper Award - Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (2003)
  • Fast Company’s Best High Growth/High Potential Paper Award - Academy of Management (2001)
  • Fast Company’s Best High Growth/High Potential Paper Award - Academy of Management (1999)
  • NFIB Best Dissertation Award - Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division (1998)
  • Paper of Distinction Award - Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (1998)
  • Best Overall Paper Award - Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (1997)

Media Placements

Succeeding with ADHD , Harvard Business Review - The Anxious Achiever Podcast 1.4.21

ADHD + Entrepreneurship with Professor Johan Wiklund of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management , Solvecast 10.20.20

Meaningful and Enjoyable Work | Panel discussion: Johan Wiklund, Erik Nook, Katherine McMahon , The Happiness Institute 7.24.20

“No One Talks About the Positives of ADHD — So I Found Some” , ADDitude 7.1.20

Jack DeBrabander Explains How He Leverages His ADHD to Achieve the Impossible , apstersmedia.com 3.10.20

Mental Health "Obstacles" or Entrepreneurial Superpowers? with Johan Wiklund , Overcoming the Mind 2.6.20

Entrepreneurship and mental health , Overcoming the mind 12.5.19

Action Over Deliberation , Faster Than Normal 6.26.19

What if incubators and accelerators are doing more harm than good to startups and scaleups? , B2B News Network 2.22.19

LAURIER’S DRIVE CONFERENCE: CITIES SPUR INNOVATION , Communitech News 2.21.19

Nord-forsker i ny studie: Folk med ADHD er glimrende gründere , Lokalavis i Bodø 1.29.18

Folk med ADHD gode på nyskaping , Nord Universtitet 1.29.18

Folk med ADHD er ofte gode på nyskaping , Forskning.no 1.28.18

FTN 80: "Action Over Deliberation" with Syracuse University Professor of Entrepreneurship Johan Wiklund , Peter Shankman's Faster than Normal 1.1.18

Action over deliberation , Faster than Normal 1.1.18

“No One Talks About the Positives of ADHD — So I Found Some” , ADDitude 11.13.17

Expert says economic leaders may be too focused on college grads , Newschannel 9 10.9.17

The 5 Best Jobs for People With ADD and ADHD , True Viral News Network 9.26.17

The 5 Best Jobs for People With ADD and ADHD , TIME 9.11.17

Study looks into where aspiring entrepreneurs go after graduation , Spectrum News 8.22.17

This Scientist is Studying How ADHD Helps Drive Some Entrepreneurs , Fast Company 6.29.17

People with ADHD can turn symptoms to their advantage as entrepreneurs , Talk Business 5.31.17