Kimberly H. Perttula and Melissa S. Cardon

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology


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The purpose of this chapter is to present an overview of research on passion and show its relevance to the realm of work and organizations. We first provide a brief review of how passion has been used in research from a historical perspective. We then explain in detail three different conceptualizations of passion, each at a different level of abstraction or specificity: generalized harmonious and obsessive passion (Vallerand and colleagues), passion for work (Perttula), and passion in an entrepreneurial work context (Cardon and colleagues). Finally, directions for future research are suggested.

Keywords: Passion; love; conceptualization

Article.  7617 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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