The internal morality of contracting: Advancing the contractualist endeavor in business ethics
Integrative social contracts theory is arguably the most promising theory of business ethics to date, but often criticized for its inability to produce substantive, action-guiding norms. Rather that imparting moral substance from outside the contractualist framework, or abandoning contractualist business ethics (CBE) altogether, we seek to advance CBE by exploring the internal morality of contracting. We demonstrate that substantive norms for guiding and constraining business conduct can be produced without relying on premises from outside the contractualist framework.
|Keywords||business enterprises, business ethics, contracting out, contracts, deception, defeasance, industrial management, market failure, organization, professional ethics, social contract, social norms|
van Oosterhout, J., Heugens, P.P.M.A.R., & Kaptein, S.P.. (2006). The internal morality of contracting: Advancing the contractualist endeavor in business ethics. Academy of Management Review, 521–539. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/11529