Entrepreneurs’ mental health and well-being:A review and research agenda


Interest in entrepreneurs’ mental health and well-being (MWB) is growing in recognition of the role of MWB in entrepreneurs’ decision making, motivation, and action. Yet relevant knowledge is dispersed across disciplines, which makes what we currently understand about entrepreneurs’ MWB unclear. In this systematic review I integrate insights from 144 empirical studies. These studies show that research is focused on three research questions: (1) Do different types of entrepreneurs differ in their MWB? What are the (2) antecedents and (3) consequences of entrepreneurs’ MWB? The review systematizes evidence on known antecedents and consequences of entrepreneurs’ MWB but also reveals overlooked and undertheorized sources and outcomes of entrepreneurs’ MWB. The review provides a mapping and framework that advance research on entrepreneurs’ MWB and help to position entrepreneurs’ MWB more centrally in management and entrepreneurship research. It calls for researchers to go beyond applying models developed for employees to understand entrepreneurs. Instead, the findings point the way to developing a dedicated theory of entrepreneurial work and MWB that is dynamic, socialized, and open to considering context and acknowledges variability and fluidity across entrepreneurs’ life domains, as well as the centrality of work for entrepreneurs’ identity.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.5465/amp.2017.0001
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Additional Information: © 2018, Academy of Management. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International.
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurship,well-being,mental health,Business and International Management,Strategy and Management,Applied Psychology,Clinical Psychology,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Publication ISSN: 1943-4529
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2024 07:15
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 14:05
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Published Date: 2018-08-01
Accepted Date: 2018-01-04
Authors: Stephan, Ute (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4514-6057)

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