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Entrepreneurial Advantages and Disadvantages of Belonging

Egbert, Henrik (1998): Entrepreneurial Advantages and Disadvantages of Belonging. Published in: GeoJournal , Vol. 46, No. 2 (1 June 1998): pp. 129-134.


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The article analyzes the influence of religious network structures on entrepreneurial success. Members of the religious community of the Bohras in Tanga, Tanzania are contrasted with entrepreneurs of other ethnic origins. It is shown that the religious network provides, through a loan scheme, the opportunities to start and run a business successfully. In this respect, the importance of the Islamic business ethic is underlined. Finally, the macro-economic effects of the network are outlined.

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