Franks-2014

Authors: Franks, Karen, & Howard Frederick.

Article: Dyslexia and Entrepreneur: Typologies, Commonalities and Differences.

Publication: Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability . Vol IX Iss 1, pp 95-115, May 2014

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ABSTRACT
There is anecdotal evidence as well as a small but growing research literature indicating
there may be a higher incidence of dyslexia amongst entrepreneurs compared to business
managers and to the general population. Studies indicate that while dyslexics may resist
entry into mainstream businesses due to their generally low literacy levels, there appears
to be no such barrier for dyslexics wanting to start new ventures. Given that dyslexics
also dislike imposed structure, have strong oral and spatial skills, are
intuitive/insightful/curious as well as resilient and determined, it is not surprising that
they gravitate toward self-employment as opposed to highly organised corporate
professions.