Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre for Applied Research on Business and Economics

Working Passionately Does Not Always Pay Off: The Negative Moderating Role of Passion on the Relationship Between Deliberate Practice and Venture Performance

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Deliberate practice, an iterative process that leads to expertise, is found to be positively associated with superior performance in domains such as sports, education, and entrepreneurship. At the same time, deliberate practice is also seen as being less than enjoyable and difficult to pursue consistently.

As such, passion is considered to be a vital motivator of engagement in and maintenance of deliberate practice. Despite the evident importance of passion, the relationship between passion and deliberate practice in entrepreneurship has not been subject to sufficient empirical evaluation. Therefore, in this study, we consider the way in which passion moderates the relationship between deliberate practice and venture performance.

We hypothesize that deliberate practice is positively related to venture performance and that passion positively moderates this relationship.

We find support for our first hypothesis, in line with previous studies. However, contrary to our second hypothesis, we find that entrepreneurial passion negatively moderates the deliberate practice-venture performance relationship. In response to this finding, we provide possible explanations as to why this negative moderation effect was observed by drawing on Kolb’s experiential learning cycle.

Reference Park, S., Martina, R. A., & Smolka, K. M. (2019). Working Passionately Does Not Always Pay Off: The Negative Moderating Role of Passion on the Relationship Between Deliberate Practice and Venture Performance. In A. Caputo, & M. M. Pellegrini (Eds.), The Anatomy of Entrepreneurial Decisions: Past, Present and Future Research Directions (pp. 173-195). ( Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19685-1_8

Publication date

Jan 2019

Author(s)

S. Park
K. M. Smolka

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