Playing in the Sandbox: Moral Development and the Duty of Care in Collaborations between For-Profit and Nonprofit Corporate Persons

37 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2012 Last revised: 12 Mar 2014

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Christyne Vachon

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

Over the history of the corporate entity, U.S. law has evolved to treat the corporate entity as a legal person under the U.S. Constitution. Despite the increased rights granted to the corporation as a legal person, both For-profit and Nonprofit corporations have come under considerable scrutiny for misconduct and issues related to corporate governance. When For-profit and Nonprofit organizations collaborate together, however, both organizations generally seek to achieve philanthropic good. On the other hand, both organizations and their management are bound by law to fulfill specific duties to their individual constituents. In the 1930s, psychologist Jean Piaget noted that “The good, in short, is not, like duty, the result of a constraint exercised by society upon the individual. The aspiration to the good is of different stuff from the obedience given to an imperative rule.” Guided by the basis for Piaget’s above assertion related to the natural person, this article begins an analysis of the relationship between legal persons: collaborating For-profit and Nonprofit organizations in light of duty, arguing that there is a balance between too much constraint and none that leads to sustainability of the cooperative venture.

Keywords: moral, psychology, moral development, corporation, nonprofit, for-profit, forprofit, collaboration, regulation, duty, mission drift

JEL Classification: K2

Suggested Citation

Vachon, Christyne, Playing in the Sandbox: Moral Development and the Duty of Care in Collaborations between For-Profit and Nonprofit Corporate Persons (July 2013). Pace Law Review Volume 33, Issue 3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2148701

Christyne Vachon (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth ( email )

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North Dartmouth, MA 02747-1252
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