Abstract

Entrepreneurial passion may strongly influence cognitions, behaviors, and outcomes of entrepreneurs. For example, positive affective states such as passion may foster creativity and recognition of new patterns of information critical to opportunity recognition and exploitation in novel environments. However, to date there is no empirically validated scale of entrepreneurial passion, and attempts to use scales developed outside of entrepreneurship have met with mixed results at best.

The purpose of this study is to develop an original scale of entrepreneurial passion and test its empirical validity. In particular, the entrepreneurial passion scale is distinguished from scales measuring similar constructs including hope, optimism, state positive emotion, state negative emotion, self-efficacy, organizational commitment, and job satisfaction. Entrepreneurial passion is also differentiated from more general existing measures of obsessive and harmonious passion and passion for work.

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