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On the edge of destruction: An impaired-regulation model of destructive entrepreneurial action

Shepherd, D. A., Seyb, S. & Souitaris, V. ORCID: 0000-0002-7889-0010 (2024). On the edge of destruction: An impaired-regulation model of destructive entrepreneurial action. Journal of Management, 50(2), pp. 722-751. doi: 10.1177/01492063221126710


Entrepreneurial action can be directed toward identifying, generating, and exploiting potential business opportunities that can cause harm to others. Over and above the “rules of the game” of the economic system, we theorize on destructive entrepreneurial actions that result from entrepreneurs’ impaired regulation of their decision making. Specifically, we build on the entrepreneurial action literature and draw on regulation theories of goal attainment and moral disengagement to develop an impaired-regulation model of destructive entrepreneurial actions. This model contributes to the entrepreneurship literature by providing new insights into (1) why some entrepreneurs are more susceptible to engaging their ventures in destructive entrepreneurial actions, (2) everyday entrepreneurs (the “who”) engaging in destructive entrepreneurial actions (i.e., the “how” and “why”), and (3) when and why some entrepreneurs respond to their destructive entrepreneurial actions by becoming repentant do-gooders while others grow into serial offenders.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Journal of Management by SAGE Publications.
Publisher Keywords: destruction; entrepreneurial action; impaired cognition, personal resources; stakeholders
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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