Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 88, Issue 1, pp 211–225 | Cite as

The Islamic Work Ethic and the Emergence of Turkish SME Owner-Managers

EBEN AC, 2008


The aim of this study is to explore the influence of religious beliefs on the work-related attitudes of Turkish SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) owner-managers. In this research, the emergence of pious or devout business people is considered as a phenomenon, and special attention is paid to religious transformation and secularism in Turkey. Both concepts, religion and secularism, are considered within the Turkish context. For the research, in-depth interviews were conducted with 32 Turkish business people from religious and secular backgrounds, respectively. The study investigates the so-called “Islamic work ethic” values and Islamic business principles from a critical perspective and argues that they do not seem to be as significant factors as predicted in the emergence of pious or devout business people in Turkey.


Islam secularism SME the theory of structuration Turkey Weber work ethic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brunel Business SchoolWest LondonU.K.

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