Obsession in entrepreneurs - towards a conceputalisation Academic Article uri icon


  • We examine a tenuous and intriguing suggestion emerging from qualitative research into passion that entrepreneurs experience venture-related obsession. Responding to this observation, we develop an understanding of obsession in entrepreneurship and clinical and non-clinical populations. We propose that entrepreneurs may experience venture-related obsessions that are similar to obsession as described in the clinical literature and develop a model of entrepreneurial obsession. We suggest that obsession may have a relationship with passion and contribute productively towards desirable entrepreneurial outcomes despite its potential to stimulate negative affect or anxiety. Further research is warranted to explore and define this construct.

publication date

  • 2013