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Ed Soule

Associate Professor


Ed Soule

Associate Professor

Ed Soule is an Associate Professor at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, where he has taught courses in managerial ethics, leadership, and corporate social responsibility since 1999. He is a two time winner of the Joseph F. Le Moine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence.

Ed’s research is focused on the moral and social dimensions of commercial life. His book, Morality & Markets: The Ethics of Government Regulation, was published in 2003 (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.). In 2005 he addressed the challenges of managing ethical performance in a post-Enron world in Embedding Ethics in Business and Higher Education: From Leadership to Management Imperative (Washington, D.C.: Business-Higher Education Forum). In the wake of the financial crisis he addressed widespread managerial and regulatory failures in a chapter of Finance Ethics: Critical Issues in Theory and Practice, edited by John Boatright (2010), John Wiley and Sons, pp. 179-198.

Ed Soule has been published in a wide range of scholarly journals, from The Academy of Management Review to The Journal of Philosophy and Medicine. He and his colleagues specified a comprehensive set of moral principles applicable to business, one of the few such efforts to appear in a peer reviewed journal: “Principles of Managerial Moral Responsibility,” Business Ethics Quarterly, 19(4). In recent years he (with colleagues) has conducted research on novel business models in the supply chains of fashion brands. One is a living wage factory in the Dominican Republic; the other is a social enterprise producer of handbags in Rwanda, an initiative of Kate Spade & Company.

Ed’s academic activities combine his unlikely past—training in moral philosophy that came at the conclusion of a career in accounting and corporate finance. He practiced public accounting for twelve years, after which he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Edward Jones for another ten. In 1999 he completed a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, moved to Washington, DC, and commenced his academic career. Ed draws upon his business experience and scholarly accomplishments to serve as an expert witness in complex litigation.

In 2005 Ed became a trustee of Rare, an international conservation organization with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. He served as chair from 2010 until 2015 and, after a brief respite, rejoined as a trustee in 2017.

A native of St. Louis, Ed is a devoted fan of the preeminent organization in professional sports, the St. Louis Cardinals. He and his wife, Donna, reside just outside the District of Columbia in Cabin John, Maryland with their golden retrievers, Yuki and Luna.

Work History

2017 – Present
2010 – 2015
2005 – 2010
Chief Financial Officer
Edward Jones
1986 – 1995

Alma Mater

Washington University St. Louis
Ph.D., Moral & Political Philosophy