Ethics and entrepreneurship

Jared D. Harris, Harry J. Sapienza, Norman E. Bowie

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As the study of entrepreneurship and the study of business ethics become increasingly established, the intersection of entrepreneurship and ethics is receiving increasing scholarly attention. In this paper, we review the research connecting ethics and entrepreneurship, classifying the literature into three broad themes; we also identify and integrate the key themes that emerge, and we offer suggestions for future research. We conclude by introducing the articles in this special issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-418
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Business Venturing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics for financial support, as well as a team of JBV editors and reviewers who provided feedback on the articles in this special issue. We express gratitude to the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota and to John Stavig and Elaine Nissen for logistical support of the associated 2006 Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference, and Christine Harris for research assistance on this article. All errors remain our own.

Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Business and society
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Social welfare


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