A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Passionate and engaged? Passion for inventing and work engagement in different knowledge work contexts

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Toth Ilona, Heinänen Sanna, Puumalainen Kaisu
Publisher: Emerald: 24 month embargo
Publication year: 2021
Language: English
Related journal or series: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Volume number: 27
Issue number: 9
ISSN: 1355-2554
eISSN: 1758-6534
JUFO level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


Purpose – In
response to the increasing interest in entrepreneurs’ well-being in both the
entrepreneurship and management research fields, this study builds and tests a
research model on the role of entrepreneurial passion for inventing in work
engagement in the context of modern knowledge work. The research argument is
built on the job demands-resources model, the most commonly used frame for
measuring employee well-being in work and organization psychology. The research
setting in this study compares digital entrepreneurs and freelancers with traditional
knowledge workers and part-time platform workers in terms of passion and

Design/methodology/approach – Using a quantitative research
design, we collected data from 349 highly specialized knowledge workers through
anonymous questionnaires. The research hypotheses were tested with linear and
logit models.

Findings – The results show that
entrepreneurial passion is positively related to increased job demands and work
engagement and that job demands can have a positive effect on work engagement
in highly complex knowledge work.

Originality/value – The study contributes to the entrepreneurship literature by
expanding the analysis of entrepreneurial passion outside the entrepreneurship
context and into work engagement theory by adding passion for inventing as an
important motivational factor in modern knowledge work. Extant literature on the consequences of work digitalization
is still scarce, and this study provides insights into successful working on
digital platforms.

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