Entrepreneurship as a Leap of Faith

Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, Forthcoming

39 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2011

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William Q. Judge

Old Dominion University

Douglas J. Thomas

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Supply Chain & Information Systems

Date Written: May 24, 2011

Abstract

Entrepreneurial start-ups require a “leap of faith.” Since a person’s faith represents a belief in something for which there is limited information and considerable uncertainty, this suggests that the entrepreneur’s faith orientation may influence the start-up process for some entrepreneurs. Due to the paucity of research in this area and the need to better understand the start-up process, this study utilized an inductive, longitudinal research design. Specifically, we studied the new venture creation process for four entrepreneurs operating throughout the United States over a five-year period from 2005 to 2009. As a result of this study, new theoretical insights are generated on entrepreneurial motivations, creativity, expectations and emotions for those entrepreneurs who seek to integrate their faith journey with a new entrepreneurial start-up.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Faith, New Firm Creation Process

Suggested Citation

Judge, William Q. and Thomas, Douglas J., Entrepreneurship as a Leap of Faith (May 24, 2011). Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1976620

William Q. Judge (Contact Author)

Old Dominion University ( email )

Norfolk, VA 23529-0222
United States
7576836730 (Phone)

Douglas J. Thomas

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Supply Chain & Information Systems ( email )

Dept. of Supply Chain & Information Systems
University Park, PA 16802-3306
United States

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