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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

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

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

Findings

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.

Originality/value

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.

Keywords

Citation

Valliere, D. (2008), "Exploring Buddhist influence on the entrepreneurial decision", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 172-191. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552550810874682

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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