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Entrepreneurship and Religion

Entrepreneurship and Religion

Edited by Léo-Paul Dana

This rich and detailed book makes a very timely contribution to extending our understanding of entrepreneurship in its social context. Using selected examples, the respected contributors show how the values developed in religious beliefs and practices shape entrepreneurship.

Foreword

Alistair R. Anderson

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship

Extract

This book is a very timely contribution to extending our understanding of entrepreneurship in its social context. For too long the entrepreneur has been characterized as a lonely, isolated economically driven individual, thus ignoring how enterprise and entrepreneurs are products of their society, their culture and, as we learn from this book, their religions. This volume shows how the values developed in religious beliefs and practices shape entrepreneurship. It thus adds considerably to the newer enlightening strand of entrepreneurial literature about the social context, the social process and the social configurations of entrepreneurship. It adds richness, detail and examples that show how the values, beliefs and behaviours that are religiously formed are an integral part of the phenomena of being enterprising. The book contributes to understanding both entrepreneurship and religion, but its greatest contribution is in demonstrating how the synthesis of beliefs and practices combine in entrepreneurial endeavours. In this way, the book provides us with a new and conceptually useful way of framing the individualistic entrepreneur in his and her social and cultural context; enabling us to see how entrepreneurial agency operates within and through a variety of religious contexts. It seems clear that the intellectual driving force behind this remarkable book has been the recognition that we cannot explain entrepreneurship simply by resorting to individual-level accounts or theories. Although the weakness in these theories has been noted for two decades, it is only recently that we have begun to see informed and convincing counterarguments such as this volume....