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Entrepreneurial passion: a review, synthesis, and agenda for future research

journal contribution
posted on 2021-04-01, 00:00 authored by Alexander NewmanAlexander Newman, M Obschonka, J Moeller, G G Chandan
Applied Psychology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of International Association of Applied Psychology The present study undertakes a comprehensive and critical review of the body of empirical work on entrepreneurial passion. In particular, we document how the “first generation” of research on entrepreneurial passion and work passion in entrepreneurs has gained growing attention in various sub-fields of entrepreneurship research including entrepreneurial management, psychology, and finance. We provide an overview over theories used, definitions and measurements adopted, research methods utilized (e.g., qualitative vs. quantitative, survey-based vs. experimental/intervention), the thematic focus of studies, and unit of investigation (e.g., individual vs. team). We not only flag the problems of inconsistencies and limitations with respect to theory use, the making of causal inferences, and the conceptualization and measurement of entrepreneurial passion in existing studies (e.g., jingle fallacies), but also review the antecedents and outcomes of entrepreneurial passion identified in prior work and work where it had been examined as a moderator. Following this, we offer a research agenda with concrete suggestions to act as a foundation for the “second generation” of entrepreneurial passion research that proactively addresses the issues and gaps identified in our review. Finally, we also highlight how insights from the entrepreneurial passion literature can inform scholarship on passion more broadly.

History

Journal

Applied Psychology

Volume

70

Issue

2

Season

Special Issue: Special Section: Advances in the Psychology of Workplace Coaching

Pagination

816 - 860

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

0269-994X

eISSN

1464-0597

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal