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n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Faith and business practice amongst Christian entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets : original research

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Abstract

This article examines the impact of faith on the business approach of Christian entrepreneurs in developing and emerging market settings. Special attention is given to the distinctive context for business in these environments (including high levels of poverty and corruption); the entrepreneurs' responses, and how faith influences these responses. Focusing on the experience of two entrepreneurs out of a larger pool of 65, we found that faith appears to play an important role in shaping their priorities. Putting reputation before short-term profit, both entrepreneurs adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards corrupt dealing, and have become known for this stance. Both entrepreneurs also exhibit a sense of dependence on God that is greater than that documented amongst Christian entrepreneurs in developed countries, perhaps reflecting the challenges associated with their environments.


Hierdie artikel ondersoek die impak van geloof op die besigheidsbenadering van die Christelike entrepreneurs in ontwikkelende en opkomende markinstellings. Spesiale aandag word gegee aan die kenmerkende konteks vir besigheid in hierdie omgewings (insluitend hoë vlakke van armoede en korrupsie); die entrepeneurs se antwoorde; en hoe geloof hierdie antwoorde beïnvloed. Uit 'n groep van 65 persone is daar op die ervaring van twee entrepeneurs gefokus en gevind dat geloof 'n belangrike rol in die vorming van hulle prioriteite blyk te speel. Beide hierdie entrepeneurs het reputasie bo korttermyn wins verkies en bekend geword vir 'n zero-verdraagsaamheidsbeleid oor korrupte handeldryf. Hierdie twee entrepeneurs het ook tot 'n groter mate 'n sin van afhanklikheid van God vertoon as wat onder Christen-entrepeneurs in ontwikkelde lande gedokumenteer is; dit is moontlik toe te skryf aan uitdagings wat met hulle omgewings verband hou.

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2016-12-05
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