Special Issue – Entrepreneurial Passion

Call for papers for: New England Journal of Entrepreneurship

Call for Papers: New England Journal of Entrepreneurship (NEJE)

Special Issue – Entrepreneurial Passion

Guest Editors

  • Younggeun Lee, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Minjoo Joo, Duke Kunshan University
  • Andres Felipe Cortes, Sacred Heart University

            Nowadays, finding and living one’s passion is considered to be the driving force of a successful and fulfilling life. According to a survey among American youths, achieving one’s work passion is the number one priority over various life goals such as helping other people who are in need, or getting married (Horowitz et al., 2019). The emphasis on passion as a key to success also carries over to the literature on entrepreneurship. Many, including successful entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs have been characterized by being fiercely passionate about their career and have spoken about passion as a crucial ingredient of success. Combined with the rapid increase of entrepreneurship as a cornerstone of social and economic growth (Audretsch et al., 2006), research on entrepreneurial passion has proliferated over the past decade. Researchers have examined entrepreneurial passion as a crucial precedent for the foundation, development, and success of entrepreneurial ventures (De Mol et al., 2020; Drnovsek et al., 2016; Mueller et al., 2017; Pollack et al., 2020) and various frameworks on passion (e.g., work passion, dualistic model of passion, and perceived passion) have been applied to research entrepreneurial passion. Although the attention on the topic is increasing, the research on entrepreneurial passion is still at its beginning stage (Cardon et al., 2017; Murnieks et al., 2020). The main purpose of this special issue is to expand our theoretical and empirical knowledge on the topic of entrepreneurial passion. Potential themes could include, but are not limited to:

  • Passion orchestration: Orthogonal perspectives on different types of passion (e.g., dualistic model of passion, entrepreneurial passion, and work passion)
  • Antecedents of entrepreneurial passion (e.g., education, family background, industry background, and social capital)
  • Outcomes of entrepreneurial passion (e.g., diffusion, financial performance, entrepreneurial intentions, innovation, investments, organizational growth, entrepreneurial opportunity, and new firm establishment)
  • Dark side of entrepreneurial passion (e.g., burnout, stress, addiction, turnover, failure, workaholism, and family-related issues)
  • Entrepreneurial passion of various stakeholders (e.g., investors, customers, employees, suppliers, family members, politicians, professors, and students)
  • Cultural perspectives of entrepreneurial passion (e.g., cross-cultural comparison)
  • Domains of entrepreneurial passion (e.g., developing, inventing, founding, products, and habitual establishment)
  • Dimensions of entrepreneurial passion (e.g., intensive positive feelings and identity centrality)
  • Levels of entrepreneurial passion (e.g., individual-, team-, and organization passion)




Submission and Review Process

The submission deadline is June 1st, 2022. Papers will be screened by the guest editors, and those deemed suitable will be sent to at least two reviewers. Manuscripts must apply the NEJE’s general author guidelines, such as style and paper length. We welcome newly introduced types of articles: Research Note and Practitioner Note. All papers must go through the journal’s online submission portal (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/neje). Authors should select ‘SI: Entrepreneurial Passion’ option when submitting their manuscript.

Key Deadlines

Submission open: October 1st, 2021

Submission deadline: June 1st, 2022

For any questions, please contact the guest editors Younggeun Lee ([email protected]), Minjoo Joo ([email protected]), or Andres Felipe Cortes ([email protected]).




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Cardon, M. S., Glauser, M., & Murnieks, C. Y. (2017). Passion for what? Expanding the domains of entrepreneurial passion. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 8, 24-32.

De Mol, E., Cardon, M. S., de Jong, B., Khapova, S. N., & Elfring, T. (2020). Entrepreneurial passion diversity in new venture teams: An empirical examination of short-and long-term performance implications. Journal of Business Venturing, 105965.

Drnovsek, M., Cardon, M. S., & Patel, P. C. (2016). Direct and indirect effects of passion on growing technology ventures. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 10(2), 194-213.

Horowitz, M., Yaworsky, W., & Kickham, K. (2019). Anthropology’s science wars: Insights from a new survey. Current Anthropology60(5), 674-698.

Mueller, B. A., Wolfe, M. T., & Syed, I. (2017). Passion and grit: An exploration of the pathways leading to venture success. Journal of Business Venturing, 32(3), 260-279.

Murnieks, C. Y., Cardon, M. S., & Haynie, J. M. (2020). Fueling the fire: Examining identity centrality, affective interpersonal commitment and gender as drivers of entrepreneurial passion. Journal of Business Venturing, 35(1), 105909.

Patel, P. C., Thorgren, S., & Wincent, J. (2015). Leadership, passion and performance: A study of job creation projects during the recession. British Journal of Management, 26(2), 211-224.

Pollack, J. M., Ho, V. T., O’Boyle, E. H., & Kirkman, B. L. (2020). Passion at work: A meta‐analysis of individual work outcomes. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 41(4), 311-331.