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Fundamental Islamic perspective of work ethics

Saeed Hameed Aldulaimi (College of Administrative Sciences, Applied Science University, Manama, Bahrain)

Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research

ISSN: 1759-0817

Article publication date: 8 February 2016




This paper debates the Islamic perspective on the work ethics employed in an organization. It aims to discuss the issues of assumptions involving the Islamic Work Ethic (IWE). Therefore, this paper addresses the gap in the management literature and suggests a group of dimensions from fundamentals of Islam.


The paper reviews the foundations of IWE and investigates various empirical studies conducted in several countries. Then, briefly presents a short historical and conceptual review of the work ethic construct, suggests a general conceptual definition of work ethic, and offers multidimensional model including a series of constructs which can enable researchers to evaluate and measure work ethic in Islamic societies.


The study reveals that there is an evidence of ethics formulation depending on Islamic literature which constructs Islamic values for work. This paper proposes new perspective about the right ethics of work in Islam. Further, multidimensional model including 18 dimensions has been developed to evaluate work ethic in Islamic societies.

Research limitations/implications

This field needs to reconsider the constructs of IWEs where it is far from reflecting Islamic theory. This paper presents new dimensions which can be utilized to enrich this area.


This is one of the few attempts to suggest the appropriate constructs of IWE in the management literature. It provides 18 elements responsible and have the promise to strengthen individual transparency and morally which eventually enhance economic progress in Islamic world.



Aldulaimi, S.H. (2016), "Fundamental Islamic perspective of work ethics", Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 59-76.



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