Legal Studies and Business Ethics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2000

Publication Source

Business and Society Review

Volume

105

Issue

4

Start Page

436

Last Page

443

DOI

10.1111/0045-3609.00092

Abstract

We wrote the book, Ties that Bind, out of our conviction that answering today’s questions require a new approach to business ethics, an approach that exposes the implicit understandings or "contracts" that bind industries, companies, and economic systems into moral communities. It is in these economic communities, and in the often unspoken understandings that provide their ethical glue, that we believe many of the answers to business ethics quandaries lie. Further, we think that answering such questions requires the use of a yet deeper, and universal "contract" superseding even individual ones. The theory that combines both these deeper and thinner kinds of contracts we label “Integrative Social Contracts Theory,” or "ISCT" for short.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0045-3609.00092. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017