1. Michael Behnam & Tammy MacLean (2009). Decoupling and International Accountability Standards. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 20:218-226.
    There is a lack of research on why certain international accountability standards (IAS) are more prone than others to being decoupled from organizational practices. Applying a neo-institutional theory perspective to IAS we theorize that the structural dimensions of the standards themselves can increase the likelihood of organizations adopting IAS standards in form but not in function.
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  2. Michael Behnam & Andreas Rasche (2009). 'Are Strategists From Mars and Ethicists From Venus?' – Strategizing as Ethical Reflection. Journal of Business Ethics 84 (1):79 - 88.
    Early strategy scholars have pointed to the importance of reflecting on moral issues within the scope of strategic management. Although strategy content and context have been discussed in relation to ethical reflection, the third aspect, strategy process, has found only little or no attention with regard to ethics. We argue that by emphasizing the process perspective one can understand the related character of strategic management and ethical reflection. We discuss this relatedness along formal, functional, and procedural similarities. Whereas formal aspects (...)
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  3. Dirk Ulrich Gilbert & Michael Behnam (2009). Advancing Integrative Social Contracts Theory: A Habermasian Perspective. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 89 (2):215 - 234.
    We critically assess integrative social contracts theory (ISCT) and show that the concept particularly lacks of moral justification of substantive hypernorms. By drawing on Habermasian philosophy, in particular discourse ethics and its recent application in the theory of deliberative democracy , we further advance ISCT and show that social contracting in business ethics requires a well-justified procedural rather than a substantive focus for managing stakeholder relations. We also replace the monological concept of hypothetical thought experiments in ISCT by a concept (...)
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