A Religious Profile of American Entrepreneurs

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (2013) 52(2):401-409

9 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2016

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Kevin Dougherty

Baylor University

Mitchell Neubert

Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business

Jenna Rogers

Baylor University

Jerry Z. Park

Baylor University

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The entrepreneur is a celebrated figure in American society. These innovative risk-takers hold an influential place in the economy and in popular culture. Substantial research has gone into identifying characteristics associated with these individuals, but research on entrepreneurs and religion is surprisingly sparse and inconsistent. Using national survey data, we examine religious affiliation, belief, and behavior for Americans who have started or are trying to start a business. American entrepreneurs appear no different than nonentrepreneurs in religious affiliation, belief in God, or religious service attendance. They do tend to see God as more personal, pray more frequently, and are more likely to attend a place of worship that encourages business activity. A discussion of implications concludes the research note.

Keywords: entrepreneur, religious affiliation, religious belief, religious behavior, congregation, business

Suggested Citation

Dougherty, Kevin and Neubert, Mitchell and Rogers, Jenna and Park, Jerry Z., A Religious Profile of American Entrepreneurs (2013). Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (2013) 52(2):401-409, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737693

Kevin Dougherty (Contact Author)

Baylor University

School of Engineering & Computer Science
Waco, TX 76798
United States

Mitchell Neubert

Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business ( email )

Waco, TX 76798
United States

Jenna Rogers

Baylor University

School of Engineering & Computer Science
Waco, TX 76798
United States

Jerry Z. Park

Baylor University ( email )

One Bear Place #97326
Waco, TX 76798
United States

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