What is it about?

How can we explain and investigate the development of passion and performance driven by a non-entrepreneurial passion as is often the case, e g. in creative economy and social entrepreneurship? This article contrasts current passion theories and elaborates an interest-based approach to the development of passion and performance.

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Why is it important?

The resulting framework offers a promising way to explain the dynamics of passion(s) and its cause-and-effect mechanisms. This is important because multiple sources of passion are a hardly empirically investigated phenomenon that cannot be fully explained by current theories.


The focus on this phenomenon is shaped by my own development as a musician, an entrepreneur and a professor. In my work with creative people, I see that different sources of passion can complement or hinder each other. With this framework, I am laying the foundation for empirical investigations and hope to make a contribution to other researchers in this field.

Stefan Schulte-Holthaus
Macromedia University of Applied Sciences

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This page is a summary of: Passion and Performance in Entrepreneurial Contexts: An Interest-based Approach, The Journal of Entrepreneurship, June 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0971355719851895.
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