Narcissism, workaholism, family support and new venture performance: a moderated mediation model
Prior studies have found that an entrepreneur’s level of narcissism may correspond with higher frm performance in some contexts, but existing research has yet to fully explore all of the critical contingencies that shape these nuanced relationships. In this study, we examine how narcissistic traits of a new venture founder enhance frm performance and we extend the literature by revealing workaholism as a crucial mediator of this relationship. We also examine family support (both emotional and instrumental) as an important boundary condition that moderates the link between workaholism and new venture performance. Using a sample of 1,518 student entrepreneurs from 43 countries, we demonstrate that narcissism can enhance new venture performance through workaholism of the founder. Furthermore, we found that family emotional support diminishes the positive relationship between workaholism and performance. Finally, we discuss the implications of our work for both theory and practice.