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Passion for Work: Theory, Research, and Applications

Robert J. Vallerand and Nathalie Houlfort


Passion is a pervasive concept in the field of work. Workers aspire to be passionate in the hope of finding meaning and satisfaction from their professional lives, whereas employers dream of passionate employees to ensure organizational performance. Are these hopes and aspirations supported by scientific knowledge? Is there a darker side to passion for work that workers and organizations should be aware of? By reviewing the major theories of passion while focusing on the dominant theory, the dualistic model of passion, which distinguishes between two types of passion (harmonious and obsessive) ... More

Keywords: passion, work, determinants, consequences, positive psychology, performance, well-being, leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190648626
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190648626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Vallerand, editor
Professor of Social Psychology, University of Quebec, Montreal

Nathalie Houlfort, editor
Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Quebec, Montreal

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Part I Introduction

1 On Passion for Work

Robert J. Vallerand and Nathalie Houlfort

Part II Theoretical Issues

2 Passion for Work

Robert J. Vallerand, Nathalie Houlfort, and Sarah Bourdeau

3 Fire in the Office

Charles Y. Murnieks and Melissa S. Cardon

4 A Model for the Formation of Employee Work Passion

Drea Zigarmi, Kim Nimon, Taylor Peyton, and Brad Shuck

5 Lay Theories of How Passion for Work Is Achieved

Patricia Chen and Phoebe C. Ellsworth

Part III On the Determinants of Passion

7 The Role of Autonomy Support in the Development of Passion

Joëlle Carpentier and Geneviève A. Mageau

8 Effort and Success as Predictors of Passion

Maike Lex, Michael M. Gielnik, and Michael Frese

Part IV On the Consequences of Passion

9 When and Why Does Passion for Work Predict Well- and Ill-Being?

Claude Fernet, Sarah-Geneviève Trépanier, Stéphanie Austin, and Louise Clément

10 Passion Toward Work and Work–Life Conflict

Julie Boiché and Johan Caudroit

11 The Bright, Dark, and Unlit Sides of Work Passion

Violet T. Ho and Marina N. Astakhova

Part V Passion and Specific Issues

13 Passion and Retirement

Nathalie Houlfort, Julie Lauzier, and Sarah Bourdeau

14 A Passion for Leadership

Melissa Trivisonno and Julian Barling

15 Passion and Entrepreneurship

Edwin A. Locke and J. Robert Baum

16 The Outcomes of Passion in Entrepreneurship

Silvia Stroe, Sara Thorgren, and Joakim Wincent

Part VI Conclusion

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