Ties that Unwind: Dynamism in Integrative Social Contracts Theory
Posted: 21 Sep 2005
Social contracts have emerged as among the most powerful methods and metaphors for the study of organizational ethics. That participation with an organization entails obligations to follow the extant norms of that organization, subject to the moral minimums of basic human rights, is a widely accepted tenet. One potential challenge to this approach, however, is that there has been little discussion the process of evolution for these norms. In as much as at least some aspects of all contracts are implied and relational, can changes be unilaterally implemented without violation of the extant contract? This paper takes a closer look at circumstances of change in the terms of and parties to social contracts.
Keywords: Ethics, social contracts
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