“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 social structures and semantics under scrutiny in this context have been studied especially in the context of corporate responsibility. For example, we investigate following questions:
How is the political role of the corporation shaped from Aristotle’s perspective on citizenship?
How are corporations morally bound?
What is the economic logic behind codes of conduct?
Work on this research area was particularly strong in the award-winning research project “Ordonomics” from 2007-2010, and valuable contributions were made to academia in numerous publications in the field of business ethics.