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The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship

The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs beware! Research by Alexander McKelvie, department chair of entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises at Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, shows habitual entrepreneurs, those who launch multiple start-ups throughout their careers, may display symptoms of behavioral addiction. Know the signs and negative impacts of entrepreneurship addiction.


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Alexander McKelvie

Alex McKelvie is Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master’s Education, and the Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Alex has taught a broad array of courses dealing with different aspects of entrepreneurship, including strategic planning, growth, family business, and corporate entrepreneurship. At Syracuse, Alex has taken a leading role in developing and teaching world-class programs, including designing new courses and training programs for Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families. Alex has received teaching awards from Syracuse University, the Whitman School of Management, the EEE Department, and from his former university in Sweden. He has worked with many entrepreneurial startups during this time as well. His scholarly work deals with questions regarding two main areas: how and why do firms grow, and how do entrepreneurs make decisions about opportunities. Alex’s research has received a number of major international awards, including best doctoral dissertation in Entrepreneurship from the National Federation of Independent Businesses and multiple awards at the leading Entrepreneurship conferences. Alex has published his work in many of the most important Entrepreneurship journals and is on the editorial boards of multiple journals. His work has also been profiled in Forbes, BloombergBusinessWeek, and Inc. magazine, among other outlets. He is a Fortune Insider and on the CNBC Disruptor Advisory Council.
Alexander McKelvie

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  1. Definitely a few items to think about. With startups and entrepreneurship it’s about balancing the good and the bad. Too much of something is never a good thing. I find entrepreneurship fulfilling. It’s a gap I’ve never been able to fill in the corporate world. I know I have to make additional sacrifices which I wouldn’t have to make with a 9 to 5 job but at the end of the day (and 10 years from now), it is worth it.