Work ethic, religion and moral energy: the case of Turkish SME owner-managers

Uygur, Selcuk, Spence, Laura J., Simpson, Ruth and Karakas, Fahri (2017) Work ethic, religion and moral energy: the case of Turkish SME owner-managers. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28 (8). pp. 1212-1235. ISSN 0958-5192

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This paper explores the hitherto neglected issue of how religious beliefs influence the work ethic of Turkish SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprise) owner-managers. We draw on Weber’s notion of Lebensführung, which captures the manner of living one’s life, as a theoretical and explanatory lens. The research is conducted among religious Muslim entrepreneurs, which showed strong diaspora characteristics in its early emergence in 1990s. Based on qualitative research on Turkish entrepreneurs (SME owner-managers), we find that a new Islamic discourse –appearing as more liberal and pro market oriented- together with the Muslim work ethic, drive entrepreneurialism in Turkey. We demonstrate that the contemporary Muslim work ethic comprises a ‘moral energy’, which manifests itself variously as rational/secular, shared/communicated, and action-oriented driver for Muslim entrepreneurs, helping to sustain their entrepreneurial activities in the Turkish context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: work ethic,moral energy,islam,turkey
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:01
DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1166790

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