Puritan Motivation for Serial Entrepreneurship: The Haugean Example

21 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2020

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Ola Honningdal Grytten

Institutt for samfunnsøkonomi / Department of Economics Norges Handelshøyskole / Norwegian School of Economics

Date Written: August 7, 2020

Abstract

It is well known that protestant and puritan environments historically have fostered entrepreneurs. This paper looks at serial entrepreneurship which took place in Norway in the 19th century in networks led by the puritan leader Hans Nielsen Hauge (1771-1824) and his followers.
The paper seeks to give an overview of their entrepreneurship and discusses their motivation behind their actions. It concludes they were heavily engaged in serial entrepreneurship, not only within business, but also concerning, politics, welfare and education and that there was a clear religious motivation for their activities.

Keywords: Puritanism, Protestantism, Entrepreneurship, Education, Welfare

JEL Classification: B15, B25, N10, N30, N90, O10, O40, O47, P10, P30, P41, P47, P50

Suggested Citation

Grytten, Ola Honningdal, Puritan Motivation for Serial Entrepreneurship: The Haugean Example (August 7, 2020). NHH Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 12/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3671306 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3671306

Ola Honningdal Grytten (Contact Author)

Institutt for samfunnsøkonomi / Department of Economics Norges Handelshøyskole / Norwegian School of Economics ( email )

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N-5035 Bergen
Norway

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