Abstract

An emerging body of entrepreneurship literature indicates that passion plays a key role in the venture creation process. Recent research has valuably extended our knowledge on entrepreneurial passion by shedding light on its multi-faceted rather than singular nature and its impact on cognitive processes and entrepreneurial actions. However, while prior studies have focused on different types of entrepreneurial passion, the “passion orchestra”, i.e. the coexistence and interrelation of entrepreneurial passion and passion for other non-entrepreneurial roles within the person, remains an unexplored area. Our study acknowledges that different types of passion might affect entrepreneurial intentions and explores these relationships empirically in an academic context, where research scientists are increasingly required to simultaneously engage in entrepreneurial and scientific activities. Specifically, drawing on role identity theory and passion literature, our paper disentangles the joint effect of entrepreneurial and scientific passion on spin- off and start-up intentions.

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