2012 Awards for Excellence

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 22 March 2013

Citation

(2013), "2012 Awards for Excellence", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 7 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/jec.2013.32907aaa.002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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2012 Awards for Excellence

Article Type: 2012 Awards for Excellence From: Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Volume 7, Issue 1

The following article was selected for this year’s Outstanding Paper Award for Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

“Sources of enterprise success in Amish communities”Vol. 5 No. 2, 2011

Donald B. Kraybill,Elizabethtown College, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA

Steven M. NoltHistory and Political Science Department, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, USA

Erik J. WesnerElizabethtown College, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA

Purpose – This research project aims to investigate Amish small businesses in North America to determine their success rate and the factors that explain their vitality. Amish entrepreneurs have developed some 10,000 small businesses despite taboos on motor vehicles, electricity, computers, the internet, and education. A theoretical model consisting of five types of socio-cultural capital (human, cultural, social, religious, and symbolic) was conceptualized to explain and interpret the success of Amish enterprises. The model includes capital deficits that identify the hurdles that successful enterprises must overcome.

Design/methodology/approach – The research employed qualitative ethnographic methods that included participant observation, face-to-face interviews with business owners in eight states, and document analysis.

Findings – The paper finds that Amish businesses have a success rate above 90 percent, which is much higher than that of other American small businesses. Five types of socio-cultural capital (human, cultural, social, religious, and symbolic) account for the high success rate of Amish enterprises.

Research limitations/implications – The qualitative methods do not permit quantitative analysis or tracking the performance of businesses over an extended period of time.

Practical implications – Understanding the importance of socio-cultural capital assets and deficits for business success is critical for entrepreneurs, consultants, and scholars.

Originality/value – The five concepts of socio-cultural capital assets and deficits are a significant expansion of traditional social capital theory. These concepts offer a rich resource for understanding small business failure and success and merit inclusion in future research. Religious and symbolic capitals are especially pertinent for understanding enterprise building in religious and ethnic communities.

Keywords: Business enterprise, Entrepreneurs, North America, Social capital

www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/17506201111131541

This article originally appeared in Volume 5 Number 2, 2011, pp. 112-30 Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in theGlobal Economy

The following articles were selected for this year’s Highly Commended Award

“Criminal entrepreneurship, white-collar criminality, and neutralization theory”

Petter Gottschalk and Robert Smith

This article originally appeared in Volume 5 No. 4, 2011, Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in theGlobal Economy

“Environmental dynamism, innovation, and dynamic capabilities: the case of China”

Hao Jiao, Ilan Alon and Yu Cui

This article originally appeared in Volume 5 No. 2, 2011, Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in theGlobal Economy

“Indigenous wildlife enterprise: mustering swamp buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) in Northern Australia”

Beau J. Austin and Stephen T. Garnett

This article originally appeared in Volume 5 No. 4, 2011, Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in theGlobal Economy