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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 383–387 | Cite as

A Review of Donaldson and Dunfee's Ties That Bind: A Social Contracts Approach to Business Ethics

  • Timothy L. Fort
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Abstract

This article reviews Thomas Donaldson and Thomas Dunfee's new book Ties That Bind. The article argues that the book is a helpful elaboration of Donaldson and Dunfee's Integrative Social Contracts Approach, particularly with regard to their specification of hypernorms. The article also presents Donaldson and Dunfee's argument with regard to how the hypernorm of necessary social efficiency applies to bribery and raises questions about the extent to which human moral behavior might be hardwired.

Keywords

Economic Growth Business Ethic Integrative Social Social Contract Moral Behavior 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy L. Fort
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  1. 1.University of Michigan Business SchoolAnna ArborU.S.A.

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