Title: Entrepreneurial intentions from an Islamic perspective: a study of Muslim entrepreneurs in Indonesia

Authors: Grisna Anggadwita; Veland Ramadani; Dini Turipanam Alamanda; Vanessa Ratten; Medain Hashani

Addresses: School of Economic and Business, Telkom University, Bandung, Indonesia ' Faculty of Business and Economics, South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia ' School of Economic and Business, Telkom University, Bandung, Indonesia ' La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora 3086, Melbourne, Australia ' Faculty of Economics, AAB College, Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo

Abstract: Entrepreneurship is part of the way of life in Islam, which has its own way of doing business as stated in the Quran and Hadith. In Islam, intention is an important factor in identifying someone's motivations and characteristics in establishing entrepreneurial activities. This study aims at providing insights on the dimension and concept of entrepreneurial intentions from an Islamic perspective on Muslim entrepreneurs in Indonesia. A survey is conducted over 250 Muslim entrepreneurs in Indonesia as a source of primary data to investigate the intentions and characteristics of Indonesian Muslim entrepreneurs, including their motivations in choosing an entrepreneurial career. Based on prior researches, entrepreneurial intentions in the perspective of Islam has sincerity and worship God (activities of spiritual, social and economic) as two primary attributes. This study confirms that all human actions, particularly regarding to entrepreneurial activity, have always begun with intents and impacts on the entrepreneurial characters of five main attributes: fathonah, amanah, siddiq, tabligh, and istiqomah, and may have been contributing to promoting a further success of Muslim entrepreneurs.

Keywords: entrepreneurial intentions; entrepreneurial characters; Islamic perspective; Muslim entrepreneurs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2017.084086

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2017 Vol.31 No.2, pp.165 - 179

Received: 01 Dec 2015
Accepted: 01 Dec 2015

Published online: 02 May 2017 *

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