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Religions 2014, 5(3), 780-800; doi:10.3390/rel5030780

Faith and Work: An Exploratory Study of Religious Entrepreneurs

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1 Department of Sociology, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97326, Waco, TX 76798, USA 2 Department of Management, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97326, Waco, TX 76798, USA
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Received: 15 March 2014 / Revised: 26 June 2014 / Accepted: 30 July 2014 / Published: 14 August 2014
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The influence of religion on work has not been fully explored, and, in particular, the relationship between religion and entrepreneurship as a specific type of work. This study explores the link between entrepreneurial behavior and religion. The study finds that religion, for entrepreneurs, is highly individualized, leading to the initial impression that religion and work have no relationship. Upon closer inspection, however, the study finds that religion does shape entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurial activity is impacted by a need for the entrepreneurs to reinterpret their work in religious terms, ending the tension for them between faith and work.
Keywords: religion; work; family religion; work; family
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Griebel, J.M.; Park, J.Z.; Neubert, M.J. Faith and Work: An Exploratory Study of Religious Entrepreneurs. Religions 2014, 5, 780-800.

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