The obsessive and harmonious nature of entrepreneurial passion

Rosemary Fisher (Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia)
Elizabeth Merlot (Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia)
Lester W. Johnson (Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Publication date: 8 January 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the nature of entrepreneurial passion and in doing so explores the relationship between harmonious and obsessive passion (OP) and resilience. A pathway between passion and entrepreneurial success (ES) that is mediated by sustained entrepreneurial commitment (SEC) and resilience is tested.

Design/methodology/approach

An online questionnaire survey was completed by (n=215) Australian entrepreneurs. Results were based on structural equation modelling analysis.

Findings

Harmonious passion contributes directly and indirectly to perceptions of ES through resilience; OP contributes to SEC which contributes to success through resilience.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations stem from the survey methodology used. Implications for incorporating harmonious and OP into training to ensure well developed entrepreneurs are raised.

Originality/value

This study is one of the few studies to test the theoretical constructs of passion and resilience in the entrepreneurship context, and seemingly the first to do so on an Australian sample of entrepreneurs. This research finds that both types of passion are important to individual level resilience and ultimately to ES. An OP for one’s venture is an important contributor to persisting with the venture.

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Citation

Fisher, R., Merlot, E. and Johnson, L.W. (2018), "The obsessive and harmonious nature of entrepreneurial passion", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 22-40. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-01-2017-0011

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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