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Exploring Buddhist influence on the entrepreneurial decision

Dave Valliere (Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 25 April 2008



The purpose of this paper is to explore the role that socio‐religious context plays in the decision of whether to become and entrepreneur, and what type of new business venture to create.


Interpretivist development from qualitative data obtained by interviews of entrepreneurs in Nepal and Canada.


Conceptions of Right Livelihood play an important role in the evaluation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities and in the day‐to‐day operations of the resultant new businesses.


Links the literatures of social economics and entrepreneurship to explore how entrepreneurs must balance economic, social, and religious objectives when launching and operating new businesses.



Valliere, D. (2008), "Exploring Buddhist influence on the entrepreneurial decision", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 172-191.



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