Entrepreneurs’ passion and new venture performance in China

  • Cuiping Ma
  • Jibao GuEmail author
  • Hefu Liu


This study investigates the mediating role of organizational innovation in the relationship between entrepreneurs’ passion and new venture performance in China. We also examine the moderating role of the Zhong-yong thinking of entrepreneurs in the abovementioned relationship to explore the influencing mechanism of entrepreneurs’ passion in non-Western societies. Results from 154 Chinese new ventures support the positive relationship between entrepreneurs’ passion and new venture performance and the mediating role of organizational innovation. The Zhong-yong thinking of entrepreneurs can also strengthen the relationship between entrepreneurs’ passion and organizational innovation. Finally, the theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.


Entrepreneurs’ passion China Organizational innovation New venture performance Entrepreneurs’ Zhong-yong thinking 



This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71371177), Project of the Chinese Society of Academic Degree and Graduate Education (2015Y0503), Revitalization Project of Higher Education in Anhui Province (2015zdjy003), and Natural Science Foundation of Anhui Province (1708085MG174).


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  1. 1.The School of ManagementUniversity of Science and Technology of China (USTC)HefeiChina

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