B.H.E. (Ben) Wempe

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2004

Dr Ben Wempe studied political theory in Leiden, Florence and Oxford. His present research interests include organizational ethics, political theory, Idealism, social contract theories, and corporate social responsibility. He has published in academic journals such as Acta Politica, Business Ethics: A European Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, and Organization Studies. He is on the editorial board of various of these journals and an Associate Editor of Business & Society. He has frequently presented papers at international conferences, including meetings of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the European Business Ethics Network in the UK (EBEN-UK), the Political Science Association (PSA), the International Association for Business & Society (IABS), the Society for Business Ethics (SBE) and the Social Issues in Management (SIM) division of the Academy of Management. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK. He also held Visiting Scholarships at the Legal Studies Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, DePaul University, Chicago. Dr Wempe organized the IABS 2007 Annual Meeting at Villa La Pietra, Florence, Italy and served as IABS President in 2008-2009.

  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2009). Extant social contracts and the question of business ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, 88 (4), 741-750. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-009-0326-3[go to publisher's site]
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2008). Understanding the Separation Thesis: Precision After the Decimal Point? Business Ethics Quarterly, 18 (4), 549-553.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2008). Four Design Criteria for Any Future Contractarian Theory of Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, 81 (3), 697-714. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-007-9542-x[go to publisher's site]
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2008). Contractarian Business Ethics: Credentials and Design Criteria. Organization Studies, 29 (10), 1337-1355. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840608093546[go to publisher's site]
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2005). In Defense of a Self-Disciplined, Domain-Specific Social Contract Theory of Business Ethics. Business Ethics Quarterly, 15 (1), 113-135.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2004). Green and Pettit on Freedom. In Proceedings of the 54th Annual Political Studies Association Conference 2004. Lincoln, UK: Political Science Association.
  • Oosterhout, J. van, Wempe, B.H.E. & Willigenburg, T. van (2004). Contractualism and the Project for an Integrative Organizational Ethics. In Stephanie Welcomer (Ed.), IABS Proceedings The Fifteenth Annual Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2004). Stakeholder Theory, ISCT and the Future Development of Contractarian Business Ethics. In Conference on Contractarian Approaches to Business Ethics.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2004). On the Use of the Social Contract Model in Business Ethics. Business Ethics: A European Review, 13 (4), 332-341.
  • Oosterhout, J. van, Wempe, B.H.E. & Willigenburg, T. van (2004). Rethinking Organizational ethics: a plea for pluralism. Journal of Business Ethics, 55 (4), 387-395. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-004-1347-6
  • Oosterhout, J. van, Wempe, B.H.E. & Willigenburg, T. van (2004). ISCT and the Call for Practical Guidance. In Stephanie Welcomer (Ed.), IABS Proceedings The Fifteenth Annual Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2001). Taking social contracts seriously. In Duane Windsor (Ed.), 2001 Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conference of the International Association for Business & Society (pp. 30-36).
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (1999). Kiezen tussen twee goeden, of: waarom het definitieve handboek voor de bedrijfsethiek nog even op zich laat wachten. M en O, 91-100.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2004). T. H. Green's Theory of Positive Freedom: from Metaphysics to Political Theory (- British Idealist Studies - Series 3: Green). Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2012). Contractarian Business Ethics. In A. Crane & D Matten (Eds.), New Directions in Business Ethics (SAGE Library in Business and Management, Vol II) (pp. 383-403). Sage.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2008). Contractarian Business Ethics Today. In Jeffery.D. Smith (Ed.), Normative Theory and Business (New Perspectives in Business Ethics) (pp. 73-92). Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2007). Integrative Social Contract Theory (ISCT). In R.W Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (pp. 1140-1141). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Oosterhout, J. van, Wempe, B.H.E. & Willigenburg, T. van (2002). A Critique of Monistic Organizational Ethics. In Proceedings Ninth Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics. Niagara Falls.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2001). Business ethics: problematic practice, problematic theory. In H. Peter Steeves (Ed.), Book of Proceedings: Commerce, Consumerism, Consciousness (pp. 136). Chicago: DePaul University.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (1993). Hoog tijd voor een methodologie van de kunde (in het bijzonder bedrijfskunde). In J.F. Schreinemakers & B.G.F. Pol (Eds.), Bedrijfskunde en Technologie. NOBO Zesde Onderzoekdag (pp. 313-104). Enschede: UT Service.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2002). Denken over Corruptie in het Bedrijfsleven. In Muel Kaptein & Henry Wietzema e.a. (Eds.), Jaarboek Fraudebestrijding (pp. 76-79). Kluwer.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2001). Naar een bedrijfsethische theorie van corruptie. Bedrijfskunde, 73 (3), 30-35.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (1999). Veel bomen in het utopisch bos. Socialisme en Democratie, 56 (11), 520-523.
  • Wempe, B.H.E. (2004). Three sketches for a New Paradigm in Contractarian Business Ethics. EBEN-UK Annual Conference 2004, 1-2 April 2004: Edinburgh, UK.


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Latest publication

Wempe, B.H.E. (2013). [Bespreking van de boeken Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do? & What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets]. Business Ethics Quarterly, 23(3), 489-492.