Date of this Version

January 2009

Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Details


Robinson, David A. (2009) Pathologies and wellness in entrepreneurial firms.

A paper submitted for presentation at the Babson Conference, 2009.

Copyright © David A. Robinson, 2009.


Just as personality disorders afflict individuals, so too can they apply to firms. This paper examines psychological theory relating to the three clusters of personality disorder so as to integrate it the normal development of firms. The purpose is to point out pitfalls that constrain the firm from achieving optimal growth and performance and to provide guidelines to ensure organizational wellness through the growth stages of entrepreneurial firms.