Work Ethics and New Islamic Discourse: The Case of Newly Emerging Turkish Business Class

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 18:45 in Discussion Forums
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Where: Dialogue Society, London
by Selcuk Uygur, Brunel University

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Abstract

The Anatolian entrepreneurial class is becoming an important phenomenon in Turkey. Istanbul-based Turkish business elites have predominantly been the prominent representatives of the Turkish private business sector from the very beginning of the republican era in Turkey. However, there appear to be a new emerging business class, namely small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owner-managers, and an accompanying new entrepreneurship culture and work ethics which can generally be described as "pious / devout" or connected to newly emergent religious movements in Turkey. This research attempts to understand how Turkish Islamic discourse shapes the work-related attitudes of this newly emerging business class.

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Selcuk Uygur (BA, Inonu University, and MBA, Baskent University, Turkey): studying for a PhD at Brunel Business School, Brunel University, London. Research interests: enterprise culture and religion; impact of religion on economic activities by religious and secular businesspeople in Turkey. He is a member of the Turkey branch of the European Business Ethic Network (EBEN-Tr), and of Brunel Research in Enterprise, Innovation, Sustainability and Ethics (BRESE).

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