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date: 10 December 2018

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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

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