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.
For too long the entrepreneur has been characterized as an isolated, economically driven individual, thus ignoring how enterprise and entrepreneurs are products of their society, their culture and their religion. This innovative book discusses both entrepreneurship and religion, as well as indicating how the synthesis of beliefs and practices combine in entrepreneurial endeavours. It provides a conceptually useful way of framing the individualistic entrepreneur in his or her social and cultural context, demonstrating how entrepreneurial agency operates within and through a variety of religious contexts.
Illustrated with original photographs, this captivating book will be warmly welcomed by students and researchers with interests in entrepreneurship, sociology, religion and cultural studies. Government policy-makers in immigration will also find this book an invaluable read.
Edited by Leo-Paul Dana, Adjunct Professor, GSCM - Montpellier Business School, France and Founding Editor, Journal of International Entrepreneurship and Journal of Enterprising Communities
Contents: Foreword Alistair R. Anderson Introduction: Religion as an Explanatory Variable for Entrepreneurship Leo-Paul Dana PART I: OLD VALUES 1. Religious Merchants? Edwina Pio 2. Promethian Values in New Mexico Leo-Paul Dana and Robert Brent Anderson 3. The Mizrahim: Anglicized Orientals with Transnational Networks and `Ethics Capital' Leo-Paul Dana PART II: CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES 4. Greek Christian Orthodoxy and Entrepreneurship Dimitri Tassiopoulos 5. Economics and Spirituality in the Entrepreneurial Development Strategy of the Franciscan California Missions: The Historical Case of San Diego Craig S. Galbraith, Curt H. Stiles and Jacqueline Benitez-Galbraith 6. The Religious Ethic of the Protestant Ethnics Ivan Light 7. The Effects of Methodism on Entrepreneurship Anne White 8. The Hutterite Brethren: Old World Values and New Age Technologies Robert L. Malach and Sandra Malach 9. Amish Entrepreneurship in the United States Leo-Paul Dana 10. Mennonite Entrepreneurship in Belize Carel Roessingh and Karen Smits 11. Collective Entrepreneurship in a Mennonite Community in Paraguay Leo-Paul Dana and Teresa E. Dana PART III: ISLAM 12. Islam and Entrepreneurship Wafica Ali Ghoul 13. Xinjiang Leo-Paul Dana 14. Muslim Entrepreneurs in France Hadj Nekka and Alain Fayolle PART IV: MINORITIES IN A HOST SOCIETY 15. On Entrepreneurship Among Druze Sibylle Heilbrunn and Khaled Abu Asbeh 16. Home of Sephardi Middlemen Leo-Paul Dana and Teresa E. Dana 17. Ashkenazi Middlemen in the Agricultural Sector in Europe Leo-Paul Dana 18. The Jewish Sub-Economy of Montreal Morton Weinfeld 19. A Case History of a Successful Hindu Entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom Shiv Chaudhry and Dave Crick PART V: COMPARATIVE STUDIES 20. A Critical Investigation of the Protestant Ethic on a Divided Island Godfrey Baldacchino and Leo-Paul Dana 21. Italian Catholics of Lancashire and the Jewish Community of Yorkshire Claudio Vignali, Neil Robinson and Gianpaolo Vignali Index