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An integrated model to study workplace passion and job satisfaction among hotel employees: an emerging market perspective

Deepti Pathak (Department of OB and HR, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai, India)
Shalini Srivastava (Department of Management, Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida, Noida, India)
Prasoon M. Tripathi (Department of HR, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore, India)
Ritika Gugnani (Department of Economics, Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida, Noida, India)

International Journal of Emerging Markets

ISSN: 1746-8809

Article publication date: 15 February 2023




The present study is intended to examine the association between work passion (WP) (obsessive and harmonious) and job satisfaction (JS) of hotel employees in India. It further examines the mediating influence of psychological empowerment (PE) and organizational identification (OI) on the relationship. The study has taken conservation of resources (COR) perspectives to support the association.


This research work has used a time lag survey on a sample of 290 employees belonging to hotels located in four states of India. Structural equation modeling was utilized to test the hypothesized relationship.


Results derived from path analysis proved the hypothesized relationships. OI and PE were found to be the complementary mediators between workplace passion and JS.

Research limitations/implications

The study was conducted on hotels, the research can be further expanded to other industries. Future research might examine the effect of increased WP, strong organizational identity and increased JS on some of the citizenship behaviors. The present study data were collected using self-report questionnaires; no data were collected to find out whether the passion for work or stronger OI with the hotel is an outcome of some unique initiative taken by their respective hotels.

Practical implications

Top officials can promote entrepreneurial culture, form employee-friendly policies, develop a climate of trust which in return will facilitate the cognitive as well as emotional satisfaction with the organization fostering WP and JS.


The researchers in past have mostly studied the harmonious passion and JS association but there is a dearth of studies exploring the obsessive passion and JS relationship in the Indian context. In addition, associating OI and PE in predicting JS can also add as a unique contribution to the literature.



Pathak, D., Srivastava, S., Tripathi, P.M. and Gugnani, R. (2023), "An integrated model to study workplace passion and job satisfaction among hotel employees: an emerging market perspective", International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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