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The role of narcissism in entrepreneurial activity : a systematic literature review

  • Purpose Recent years have seen a meteoric rise in the study of narcissism in entrepreneurship, although little consolidation has occurred in this area. The purpose of this paper is the development of an integrative framework to harmonise the academic discussion and serve as a structured foundation for future research. Design/methodology/approach The authors conducted an artificial intelligence-aided, structured literature review focused on content analysis of concepts and contexts to map out current findings and research gaps in startup narcissism research. Findings According to the findings of this study, narcissistic tendencies have the potential to positively influence startup success early on in an entrepreneur's journey, but after a certain point in the process, the influence of narcissism on success becomes predominantly negative. Research limitations/implications The research field is currently not very harmonised regarding research measures, research subjects and key research terms. Further research must use a standardised approach to add value to the research body. Practical implications Narcissism is a two-sided sword for founders. In the early stages of a company, many of the founder’s tasks can benefit from narcissistic tendencies. In the later stages of a company, that might shift to overwhelmingly negative effects of narcissism. Originality/value Methodically, this study is the first one to establish an artificial intelligence component to add value to the results of a review paper to the best of the authors’ knowledge. The results of this study provide a clear framework of entrepreneurial intention, entrepreneurial activity and entrepreneurial performance to give researchers the opportunity of a more differentiated way of organising work.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Bastian Burger, Dominik K. KanbachORCiD, Sascha KrausORCiD
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Strategic Management and Digital Entrepreneurship
Parent Title (English):Journal of enterprising communities : people and places in the global economy
Date of Publication (online):2023/01/19
Tag:AI-aided structured literature review; Entrepreneurial activity; Entrepreneurial intention; Entrepreneurship; Founder behaviour; Humility; Narcissism
Content Focus:Academic Audience
Peer Reviewed:Yes
Rankings:AJG Ranking / 1
SJR Ranking / Q2
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International