Intersections in Ethics
With Kathleen Edmond and Kenneth Goodpaster
Thursday, February 9, 5 p.m.
This second Intersections event featured Kathleen Edmond, chief ethics officer of Best Buy, and Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D., UST Koch Distinguished Chair in Ethics of the Opus College of Business.
Video and Photos from the Event
As chief ethics officer for Best Buy, Kathleen Edmond develops and directs global vision for the company’s ethics and business conduct and is a key partner in the corporate social responsibility work. She helped build the company’s ethics office after joining the company in 2002. Edmond oversees a structure that engages leaders from all over the world, and at all levels of the organization, from store leadership to the board of directors.
Prior to her role as ethics officer, Edmond held employment law positions with Best Buy and Musicland. She served as adjunct professor in business ethics for the University of St. Thomas and adjunct professor in law for the William Mitchell College of Law. She also has extensive experience in social work and human resources and business management. In 2009 she was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Persons in Business Ethics by Ethisphere. She has been on the board of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) since 2006.
Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D.
Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D., holds the David and Barbara Koch Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Michigan and holds an A.M. in Philosophy from that school, and an A.B. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.
Goodpaster taught graduate and undergraduate philosophy at Notre Dame before joining the faculty of the Harvard Business School in 1980, where he taught both M.B.A. candidates and business executives until 1990.
His research in applied philosophy, focusing on the dynamic relationships among three levels of ethical analysis -- the person, the organization and the capitalist system -- has led to course development, numerous journal publications, encyclopedia articles, and books including Ethics in Management (Harvard Business School, 1984), Managerial Decision Making and Ethical Values with Thomas R. Piper (Harvard Business School, 1989) and Conscience and Corporate Culture (Wiley, 2007). Goodpaster is the executive editor of the forthcoming history, Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2012), a joint venture with the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the University of St. Thomas.
Goodpaster is on the editorial boards of many professional journals in business ethics and consults with corporations and educational institutions throughout the world.