Journal of Business Ethics 68 (3):303-328 (2006)

During the past ten years Integrative Social Contracts Theory (ISCT) has become part of the repertoire of specialized decision-oriented theories in the business ethics literature. The intention here is to (1)␣provide a brief overview of the structure and strengths of ISCT; (2) identify recurring themes in the extensive commentary on the theory including brief mention of how ISCT has been applied outside the business ethics literature; (3) describe where research appears to be headed; and (4) specify challenges faced by those who seek to reform ISCT. Key themes in the critiquing literature relate to (a) the identification process for hypernorms; (b) justification of the recognition of hypernorms; (c) proposals for considering meso or meta norms; (d)␣clarification of the relationship between stakeholder concepts and ISCT; (e) problems with potentially unoccupied moral free space; (f) sources of ethical obligation within the ISCT framework; and (g) the potential role for concepts of stakeholder dialogue and engagement.
Keywords social contract  integrative social contracts theory  moral free space  hypernorms  stakeholder theory
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10551-006-9016-6
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,949
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Principles of Biomedical Ethics.Tom L. Beauchamp - 1979 - Oxford University Press.
What Stakeholder Theory is Not.Andrew C. Wicks - 2003 - Business Ethics Quarterly 13 (4):479-502.
Stakeholder Theory and A Principle of Fairness.Robert A. Phillips - 1997 - Business Ethics Quarterly 7 (1):51-66.

View all 46 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Stakeholder Theory: A Deliberative Perspective.Ulf Henning Richter & Kevin E. Dow - 2017 - Business Ethics: A European Review 26 (4):428-442.

View all 47 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Integrative Social Contracts Theory: Hype Over Hypernorms. [REVIEW]Mark Douglas - 2000 - Journal of Business Ethics 26 (2):101 - 110.
Creating Ties That Bind.R. Edward Freeman & Jared D. Harris - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (S4):685-692.
ISCT, Hypernorms, and Business: A Reinterpretation.George G. Brenkert - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (S4):645 - 658.
Extant Social Contracts and the Question of Business Ethics.Ben Wempe - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (S4):741 - 750.
Business Ethics and Extant Social Contracts.Thomas W. Dunfee - 1991 - Business Ethics Quarterly 1 (1):23-51.
Compass and Dead Reckoning: The Dynamic Implications of ISCT.Thomas Donaldson - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (S4):659 - 664.
Multiple Communities and Controlling Corruption.Philip M. Nichols - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (4):805 - 813.


Added to PP index

Total views
80 ( #130,803 of 2,439,363 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #282,957 of 2,439,363 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes