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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.

Chapter 19: A Case History of a Successful Hindu Entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom

Shiv Chaudhry and Dave Crick

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship

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19. A case history of a successful Hindu entrepreneur in the United Kingdom Shiv Chaudhry and Dave Crick INTRODUCTION A number of profiles exist in respect of ‘successful’ entrepreneurs; although interestingly, it might be argued that a limited number exist in respect of those from ethnic minority communities. This is somewhat surprising given the realization that large ethnic minority populations are prevalent in certain countries and their propensity to engage, in some cases very successfully, in self-employment is widely known (Aldrich et al., 1989; Basu, 1998; 1999; Bates, 1999; Bates and Dunham, 1993; Borooah and Hart, 1999; Ram et al., 2000; McEvoy et al., 1982; Nowikowski, 1984). Consequently, a need exists to profile certain leading entrepreneurs from ethnic minority backgrounds to serve as role models for future businessmen and women from ethnic communities. In addressing this gap in the literature, this chapter considers one case history drawn from a larger investigation that profiled entrepreneurs from the Asian (originating from the Indian subcontinent) community in the UK. Entrepreneurs from this community were chosen due to their propensity to engage in entrepreneurial activities vis-à-vis other communities (Ward, 1991). For the larger investigation ten case histories were undertaken, but this chapter discusses one of these in-depth to serve as a learning vehicle for future entrepreneurs from the Asian community in the UK. BACKGROUND LITERATURE A body of literature exists on the business practices of ethnic minorityowned firms; arguably however, findings have concentrated on small anonymous studies involving firms that are not readily...

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