The contagion of entrepreneurial passion is an important way to transfer the passion from entrepreneurs to employees. Entrepreneurial passion contagion can effectively enhance the entrepreneurial passion of employees, keep employees in an active state of mind, stimulate the creativity of employees, establish employees’ organizational citizenship awareness, and improve employees’ work performance, which is crucial to the survival and development of new firms. As an emerging topic in the field of entrepreneurial passion, entrepreneurial passion contagion is still in the primary research stage, and there exists big research gaps. Although the contagion process of entrepreneurial passion is the core of the research, the current research lacks in-depth analysis on the complex multi-dimensional contagion process of entrepreneurial passion, and only conducts some exploratory studies on the concepts and influencing factors of single and separate processes. Based on this, this paper conducts an in-depth study on the problem of entrepreneurial passion contagion, which has both theoretical innovation and practical value. The contents include two main parts. Firstly, we integrate the existing literature abou entrepreneurial passion contagion and emotional contagion, and conclude the contagion process involved in the current research. Then we merger the similar terms of emotional contagion process, and according to the emotion transfer path from the exporter to the importer, we divide the contagion process into five sub-processes, including: passion events, passion expression, passion perception, passion evaluation and passion imitation. These five sub-processes could clearly present the key links in the whole entrepreneurial passion contagion process. Secondly, this paper takes the five sub-processes of entrepreneurial passion contagion as the core, sorts out the antecedents and outcomes of the five sub-processes, and constructs an integrated model of entrepreneurial passion contagion. Among them, the antecedents mainly involve leaders, employees and firm levels, while the outcomes of entrepreneurial passion antecedents can be divided into three aspects: the formation of employees’ passion, the employees’ attitude and behavior, and the formation of team passion. As an emerging topic, entrepreneurial passion contagion study is innovative and full of challenges, and we make an exploratory study. The main contributions of this study include: we identify the typical literature aboutt entrepreneurial passion contagion, present and evaluate some typical contagion model. Based on the literature review, we point out five sub-processes of entrepreneurial passion contagion. Then taking these five sub-processes as the core, we identify the antecedents and outcomes of the entrepreneurial passion contagion process, and establish a research framework about entrepreneurial passion contagion. In summary, this study can comprehensively present the current research development of entrepreneurial passion contagion, which is of great theoretical significance for clearly grasping the research progress of entrepreneurial passion contagion, and expanding and enriching the research of entrepreneurial passion contagion in future from a new path.
Frontier Research on Entrepreneurial Passion Contagion and Future Prospects
Foreign Economics & Management Vol. 41, Issue 11, pp. 41 - 56,135 (2019) DOI:10.16538/j.cnki.fem.20190816.001
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Zhu Xiumei, Wei Tailong, Liu Yue, et al. Frontier Research on Entrepreneurial Passion Contagion and Future Prospects[J]. Foreign Economics & Management, 2019, 41(11): 41-56.
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