Part Three: How Passion Energizes Entrepreneurs
It has been called “perhaps the most observed phenomenon in the entrepreneurial process,” the same stuff which drives musicians and artists to greatness. In today’s installment of our work passion series, we highlight a Journal of Management piece about passion and entrepreneurship. Charles Y. Murnieks of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Elaine Mosakowski of Purdue University, and Melissa S. Cardon of Pace University published “Pathways of Passion: Identity Centrality, Passion, and Behavior Among Entrepreneurs” on February 3, 2012 in the Journal of Management’s OnlineFirst section. The abstract:
This study examines the role of passion among entrepreneurs. In particular, the authors integrate identity theory with the literature surrounding passion to investigate the possible pathways through which entrepreneurial identities might influence passion, as well as the relationship between entrepreneurs’ passion and behavior. Structural equation modeling of responses from 221 entrepreneurs suggests that passion rises and falls in connection with entrepreneurial identity centrality and, furthermore, that passion is associated with individual entrepreneurial behavior and entrepreneurial self-efficacy. This research provides a starting point for investigating the factors that may impact the development of entrepreneurs’ passion as well as the specific mechanisms through which passion energizes entrepreneurial action.