is the Ethics & Policy Integration Centre?
Ethics & Policy Integration Centre (EPIC) is an
ethics and policy research effort based on the belief
that applying the principles and practices of organizational
ethics is an eminently practical part of organizational
is an online resource intended to stimulate dialogue into
the pressing ethical and policy issues of our
days. it is EPIC's research and education division. Its
consulting division is Strategies
for Responsible Business.
seen human beings at both their finest and ugliest, we believe
that lack of appreciating the systemic nature of life and
living contributes to many an ethical or policy shortcoming.
We are not na´ve enough to believe that there is no evil
in the world, or that greed or fear do not often override
judgment. But with these in mind, the site is intended to
serve three purposes:
it offers a framework toward understanding and dialogue
to help leaders and their organizations shape a better
it offers the world the opportunity to dialogue on issues
for those who have found our approach to be of value,
it affords us the opportunity to offer our services
to help leaders shape their organizations.
and policy issues permeate the lives of leaders and managers:
hiring, promoting, and retaining
that leaders who pay attention to the fundamental concerns
of organizational ethicsorganizational vision, values,
and notions of excellence in communitylead organizations
that are at once more effective, efficient, and responsible.
in Washington, D.C, EPIC is a service of Kenneth W. Johnson.
As ideas in management theory and
practice emergesuch as systems thinking, appreciative
inquiry, consilience, deep ecology, knowledge-value, finding
flow, and creative tensionhe analyzes and synthesizes
them with the classical ideas of truth, goodness, beauty,
and unity to develop the ethical foundations of Organizational
Excellence. He offers a unique, challenging approach
to leadership applying time-proven principles to develop
the rich organizational culture required to deal with global
questions are we addressing?
are unique and challenging times requiring an understanding
that reaches the breadth and depth of organizational life.
Who is involved, knowledgeable, and affected? What are their
visions, views of reality, and expectations? What is the
relationship between the law and the values of the people
involved? Which is more important? Is there more than one
purpose operating here? What are they? Whose are they? What
is the relationship between their visions and their views
of current reality? Their purposes, visions, and values?
Are they congruent, that is, do they "fit"? These questions
that must be asked and answered are the "stuff"
of ethics and policy. They are the fabric of our being.
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 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.
internationally on organizational ethics. He
is a senior consultant of the Ethics
Resource Center (ERC),
a 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 (inactive) and the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court.
He is the Coordinator for the Coalition for Ethics and Compliance
2004, the U.S. Department of Commerce published a manual
for corporate responsibility programs that integrates corporate
governance, organizational ethics, and corporate responsibility:
Business Ethics: A Manual for Managing
a Responsible Business Enterprise in Emerging Market Economies.
Mr. Johnson is the principal author.
Igor Y. Abramov, Senior Advisor, Market Access and Compliance,
International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce,
Johnson received a Master of Arts degree in Ethics &
Policy Studies and is a special correspondent to the newsletter,
Ethical Management. He has served as a member of
the board of advisors of the National Conference on Applied
Ethics and an editor of the Arizona Law Review. 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 The American
Indian Warrior Today: Native Americans in Modern U.S. Warfare,
by J. Boyd Morningstorm, published by the Sunflower
University Press, 2004. Click here for review
and photo credit.
EPIC Vision and Values Statement