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Passion for WorkTheory, Research, and Applications$
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Robert J. Vallerand and Nathalie Houlfort

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190648626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190648626.001.0001

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Effort and Success as Predictors of Passion

Effort and Success as Predictors of Passion

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Passion for Work

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Michael M. Gielnik

Michael Frese

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, we review theoretical and empirical research describing effort and success as predictors of passion for work, focusing on entrepreneurs’ passion for their work. We first present the theoretical rationale and empirical evidence for the causal effect flowing from people’s effort and success to their passion. We then investigate the underlying mechanisms that mediate and moderate this effect. The existing findings are integrated into a comprehensive theoretical model describing effort and success as predictors of passion. We further incorporate the theoretical model into the predominant theoretical view describing success as an outcome of passion, leading to an integrated framework on the reciprocal relationships between people’s success and passion for work.

Keywords:   passion for work, entrepreneurship, effort, success, determinants

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