Vol. 2 No. 4 (2015): Journal of Leadership and Management

Could Buddhism and Entrepreneurship Co-exist? – A Phenomenological Exploration in China

Wu Jinpei
Department of Marketing and Management, School of Business, State University of New York at Oswego, USA
Zhu Caifang
California Institute of Integral Studies, USA
Christopher P. Neck
Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D. Associate Professor W. P. Carey School of Business Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA e-mail: christopher.neck@asu.edu
Ding Zhang
School of Business, State University of New York at Oswego, USA
Published June 26, 2015
How to Cite
Jinpei, W., Caifang, Z., Neck, C. P., & Zhang, D. (2015). Could Buddhism and Entrepreneurship Co-exist? – A Phenomenological Exploration in China. Journal of Leadership and Management, 2(4). Retrieved from http://leadership.net.pl/JLM/article/view/62


This paper uses a phenomenological research method to investigate the impacts of Buddhist beliefs and practices on entrepreneurs. Six entrepreneurs with Buddhist beliefs in China were interviewed to help us arrive at our propositions. The data analysis procedure was implemented following Moustakas’ (Moustakas 1994) guidelines, with observa-tion of Creswell’s (Creswell, 2007) modification. Results indicate that Buddhism impacts on the cognition and decision making of Buddhist entrepreneurs vary depending on individual entrepreneur’s personality, industry and social environment.


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