Faith in Business is involved in a process of ongoing research into the areas of business, faith, values and leadership, through consultation, interview, study, and access to a wide variety of publications.
Our research is currently concentrated on two connected projects, the Christian Entrepreneurship Project and the Christian Business Project.’
Christian Entrepreneurship Project
Faith in Business is making good progress with its research project on Christian entrepreneurs. Kina Robertshaw has now completed 50 interviews in which she has quizzed Christian entrepreneurs about what motivates, challenges and frustrates them, as well as what brings them joy. Kina herself was a retail entrepreneur in Zambia and South Africa before coming to England, studying theology and starting to train for ordination.
The interviews which she recorded are now in the process of being transcribed. Kina and Richard have started to analyse and evaluate the material. Some interesting themes are emerging, and these will be the focus of a book they are planning to write together during 2016. This will be the main focus of Richard’s sabbatical in the Easter term.
Christian Business Project
Faith in Business is collaborating with two other notable ‘faith and work’ organisations, the Jubilee Centre and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, in commissioning some detailed research on Christian companies. The aim of this is to explore the factors which contribute to creating and keeping a distinctive Christian ethos and practice in a company over the long term, with a view to recommending how entrepreneurs and directors can build such companies from the outset. Two researchers, Peter Webster and Shirley Jenner, are currently interviewing staff from 8 carefully chosen companies. This research will complement that being done by the Christian Entrepreneurship Project.