When Passion Fades: Disentangling the Temporal Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Passion for Founding

30 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2016

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Veroniek Collewaert

Vlerick Business School

Frederik Anseel

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology

Michiel Crommelinck

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Alain de Beuckelaer

Radboud University Nijmegen

Jacob Vermeire

Vlerick Business School

Date Written: September 2016

Abstract

This study examines how and why entrepreneurial passion for founding changes over time. In particular, we propose that in the founding phase of a venture's lifecycle entrepreneurs’ founding identity centrality will remain stable over time. We also propose, however, that in our sample and time period studied, entrepreneurs’ intense positive feelings for founding will decrease over time. On the basis of theories of positive illusion, self‐regulation and role theory, we further hypothesize that venture idea change, change in role ambiguity and entrepreneurs’ feedback‐seeking behaviour are factors that help explain the rate of change in entrepreneurs’ intense positive feelings for founding. Using a three‐wave longitudinal research design, we find that among a sample of 112 entrepreneurs’ identity centrality does not change over time, whereas intense positive feelings for founding decrease over time. Moreover, the more entrepreneurs change their venture ideas, the weaker their decrease in intense positive feelings. Further, we show that entrepreneurs who frequently seek feedback suffer less from reduced positive feelings in response to higher increases in role ambiguity as compared to entrepreneurs who seek less feedback.

Keywords: entrepreneur, feedback‐seeking behaviour, flexibility, role ambiguity, passion

Suggested Citation

Collewaert, Veroniek and Anseel, Frederik and Crommelinck, Michiel and de Beuckelaer, Alain and Vermeire, Jacob, When Passion Fades: Disentangling the Temporal Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Passion for Founding (September 2016). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 53, Issue 6, pp. 966-995, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2818068 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12193

Veroniek Collewaert (Contact Author)

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Frederik Anseel

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology ( email )

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Michiel Crommelinck

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

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Alain De Beuckelaer

Radboud University Nijmegen ( email )

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Jacob Vermeire

Vlerick Business School

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