We propose a model of job passion that links two types of passion, harmonious and obsessive passion, to employees’ work performance, via the mediating mechanism of cognitive engagement (comprising attention and absorption). Results from a survey conducted with 509 employees from an insurance firm indicate that employees with harmonious passion performed better at work, and that this relationship was mediated primarily by cognitive absorption, that is, the intensity of focus and immersion experienced by the employees when working. However, even though obsessive passion was negatively related to cognitive attention (i.e., the amount of cognitive resources spent thinking about work), it did not have a significant relationship to work performance overall. We identify and discuss research and practical implications for job passion and performance management.

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Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons. Article first published online: 23 SEP 2009. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00878.x.

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Ho, Violet T., Sze-Sze Wong, and Chay Hoon Lee. "A Tale of Passion: Linking Job Passion and Cognitive Engagement to Employee Work Performance."Journal of Management Studies 48, no. 1 (January 2011): 26-47. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00878.x.