Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=955844
 
 

Citations (1)



 
 

Footnotes (314)



 


 



Faith and Faithfulness in Corporate Theory


Lyman Johnson


Washington and Lee University - School of Law; University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law


Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 56, 2007
Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2007-03

Abstract:     
Corporate law theory has been vastly enriched over the last thirty years by the insights of numerous disciplinary perspectives. One vantage point conspicuously missing, however, is that of religious faith. This reflects a social norm of uncertain strength, not a legal requirement. Moreover, the absence of religious voice in corporate law is something odd because many business people - like many others in the United States - are people of faith, and faith can, at least in the fiduciary duty area, serve as a rich resource for better understanding the post-Disney legal obligation to be faithful. There are many benefits for permitting and encouraging business people (and their lawyers and corporate theorists) to be more open about the connection between religious faith and business. Business people themselves benefit from gaining another source for understanding their legal duties and from the ability to engage in honest conversation. Corporate conduct itself may also benefit by altering the social norm of suppressing religious speech. Finally, greater comfort in the corporate milieu may serve to usefully reduce current skittishness about religious thinking and speech in the larger social arena, a plus in a pluralist society.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: January 10, 2007  

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Lyman, Faith and Faithfulness in Corporate Theory. Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 56, 2007; Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2007-03. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=955844

Contact Information

Lyman P. Q. Johnson (Contact Author)
Washington and Lee University - School of Law ( email )
Lexington, VA 24450
United States
540-458-8515 (Phone)
540-458-8488 (Fax)
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law
MSL 400, 1000 La Salle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2005
United States

Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 1,043
Downloads: 150
Download Rank: 113,347
Citations:  1
Footnotes:  314

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo7 in 0.281 seconds