This research project is conducted in cooperation with the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg. “Ordonomics” refers to a long-term research programme that seeks to develop general methodological and social theory foundations for application in the area of business ethics. It is based on a rational choice analysis of the interdependencies between social structure and semantics. The term social structure, in turn, refers to the institutional arrangements within a society and their differentiated drivers for individuals (people) and corporate entities (organizations). The term semantics describes the linguistic terms and concepts as well as related categories of thought. The focus of the ordonomic programme is concentrated on, on the one hand, central normative semantics such as responsibility, justice and sustainability. On the other hand, it emphasizes modern society’s dilemma properties. Last but not least, it sheds light on the discrepancies between social structure and semantics.


  • Beckmann, Markus (2010): Ordnungsverantwortung. Rational-Choice als ordonomisches Forschungsprogramm. Berlin: wissenschaftlicher verlag berlin.
  • Pies, Ingo, Markus Beckmann und Stefan Hielscher: The Political Role of the Business Firm: An Ordonomic Concept Inspired by the Aristotelian Idea of Citizenship, in: Business and Society (zur Veröffentlichung angenommen)
  • Pies, Ingo, Stefan Hielscher und Markus Beckmann (2009): Moral Commitments and the Societal Role of Business: An Ordonomic Approach to Corporate Citizenship, in Business Ethics Quarterly, 19(3), S.375-401.
  • Beckmann, Markus (2008): Governance durch politische Selbstbindung – Wider die Ausbeutungsspiele afrikanischer Eliten, in: Zeitschrift für Politik (ZfP), 55. Jg. 2/2008, S. 199-220.
  • Beckmann, Markus und Ingo Pies (2007): Freiheit durch Bindung – Zur ökonomischen Logik von Verhaltenskodizes, in: zfbf – Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung 59, August 2007, S. 614-644.

Please consult the research output section for further publications.

Involved persons:

  • Prof. Dr. Markus Beckmann
  • Dr. Stefan Hielscher, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Prof. Dr. Ingo Pies, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg