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Strategies for Responsible Business Ethics & Policy Integration Centre, Washington, D.C.


As ideas in management theory and practice emerge—such as systems thinking, appreciative inquiry, consilience, deep ecology, knowledge-value, finding flow, and creative tension—we analyze and synthesize them with the classical ideas of truth, goodness, beauty, and unity to develop the ethical foundations of Corporate Responsibility. We offer a unique, challenging approach to leadership, which applies time-proven principles to develop the rich organizational culture required to deal with global challenges. Recent activities

About Our Directors

Ken JohnsonKenneth W. Johnson is a leader and project manager with a wealth of experience to draw upon, and a strong sense of the importance of organizational integrity. He has faced these questions in a challenging career, starting with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He has since served as an attorney, small businessman, and management consultant. He has held a variety of positions at the Ethics Resource Center, Washington, D.C, inclining senior consultant and principal researcher. He has worked with military and civilian leaders in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. In the Gulf War, Colonel Johnson, USMCR, served as the Logistic Plans Officer for the First Marine Expeditionary Force and was the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4 of the Marine Expeditionary Force that liberated Kuwait.

He is principal author of Business Ethics: A Manual on Managing the Responsible Business Enterprise in Emerging Market Economies. He consults internationally on the structures, systems, and strategies of corporate and program responsibility. He has trained over 20 people from developing canters under the auspices of the Department of Commerce's Good Governance program. He is a former Senior Fellow in the ERC Fellows Program and a frequent contributor to journals and conferences on issues of ethics and policy. He is admitted to the State Bars of Arizona and California (currently inactive) and the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court in Arizona and is a member of the National Native American Bar Association, Society for Business Ethics and the American Evaluation Association.

He holds a Master of Arts degree in Ethics & Policy Studies. He served as an associate editor of the newsletter, Ethical Management, and as a member of the board of advisors of the National Conference on Applied Ethics and an editor of the Arizona Law Review. His article, Sovereignty, Citizenship and the Indian, is frequently cited in works on Indian law. As a member of the faculty of the University of Phoenix, he has taught ethics, critical thinking, and change management at the graduate level. A decorated Native American veteran (Cherokee), he is a subject of the work American Indian Warriors Today: Native Americans in Modern U.S. Warfare by J. Boyd Morningstorm, published by the Sunflower University Press (April 2004).

About Our Associates

Kathleen Purdy works with EPIC on programs providing corporate responsibility consulting to small to medium enterprise (SMEs). She has been with the Washington SBDC since 1995 serving the North Olympic Peninsula. As a business development specialist with the SBDC, Kathleen is a member of the faculty of Washington State University. She has over 25 years experience as a consultant, entrepreneur, and executive for large and small businesses in a variety of industries. She edited and published the influential newsletter, Ethical Management.

At the SBDC, she specializes in confidential business management counseling , often working with clients on an ongoing basis as a business coach. Major areas of counseling include: feasibility analysis, business plan development, sources of financing, marketing, analysis of current business and development of long-term strategy, buying or selling a business, turnaround assistance. Kathleen holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics/Finance from Trinity College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business.

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