Title: Effects of business Jihad on entrepreneurs' ethical behaviour and corporate social responsibility: a qualitative study

Authors: Zulkarnain Kedah; Isa Mohammed Adamu; Mohd Ali Bahari Abdul Kadir; Md. Aftab Anwar

Addresses: Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia ' Kaduna Polytechnic, P.M.B. 2021, Tudun-Wada, Kaduna, Nigeria ' Malaysian Academy of SME and Entrepreneurship Development (MASMED), University Technology MARA (UiTM), Malaysia ' Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Abstract: Despite the concept of Jihad being interpreted differently, it has been adopted to convey positive virtues in the business world. However, while much research has been generated on the topic of Jihad after the September 11th attack, precious little information is available in the area of business Jihad. The purpose of this study is to explore the effects of business Jihad on entrepreneurs' ethical behaviour and commitment to social responsibility. The study employed a qualitative approach, using in-depth interview where nine experienced and successful Muslim entrepreneurs were selected and participated in this research. The results revealed that that adherence to the philosophy of business Jihad has significant positive impact on entrepreneurs' ethical behaviour and social responsibility. Therefore, the findings of this study have the capacity to help policy makers and entrepreneurs to work together in setting a high standard of ethics and corporate social responsibility in the business world.

Keywords: business Jihad; ethical behaviour; CSR; entrepreneurial ethics; corporate social responsibility; Muslim entrepreneurs; Islamic entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2015.071926

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2015 Vol.15 No.3, pp.425 - 442

Received: 14 Apr 2015
Accepted: 15 Jun 2015

Published online: 23 Sep 2015 *

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