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Leadership, Passion and Performance: A Study of Job Creation Projects during the Recession
Miller College of Business, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Ball State University.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0656-4419
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8770-8874
2015 (English)In: British Journal of Management, ISSN 1045-3172, E-ISSN 1467-8551, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 211-224Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In the aftermath of the economic recession that began in 2008, governmental bodies have been assisting private sector companies to create jobs. To increase financial performance under greater economic uncertainty and liquidity constraints, this study proposes that a leader's type of passion could explain why some project leaders who receive government funding succeed in creating jobs whereas others do not. Harmonious passion, a voluntary but not overpowering urge to engage in an activity, leads to higher job creation, especially under greater environmental complexity. Obsessive passion, an uncontrollable urge to engage in an activity, also leads to higher job creation, particularly under increasing environmental dynamism. Using survey data from 105 European Union projects and archival data on job creation from the EU funding agency, we find support for the proposed framework. The findings provide a basis for acknowledging the relevance of a leader's passion for environmental adaptation.

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2015. Vol. 26, no 2, p. 211-224
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-2857DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12092ISI: 000353894700006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84927796503Local ID: 092b9187-05c8-42aa-bb4d-1c95387b4aefOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-2857DiVA, id: diva2:975711
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Validerad; 2015; Nivå 2; 20150126 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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