The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship
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Launched in 2007, the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford College strives to achieve excellence in teaching and research in business ethics, entrepreneurship, political economy and related fields.

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The Center’s faculty members develop and teach interdisciplinary and innovative courses. Core offerings in entrepreneurship and business ethics include courses on Capitalism in the Modern World, Business and Economics Ethics, Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurship and Ethics. The Center also awards grants for course developments in related fields, including American Economic History, Political Philosophy of the American Revolutionary Era, and Sports Ethics. Find out more about the Center's courses.

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Guest Speakers
Each semester the Center brings renowned guest speakers to campus. Past speakers have included Dr. Eric Mack on Harvard political philosopher Robert Nozick’s theory of entitlement; Dr. David Schweickart on Marx’s critique of capitalism; Dr. David Kelley on Ayn Rand’s moral defense of capitalism; Dr. Robert Bradley on how philosophy—not only business economics and political economy—is key to understanding the rise and fall of Enron, Dr. Alexei Marcoux on Nobel-Prize-winning economist Friedrich Hayek; and Dr. Terry Noel on virtue and entrepreneurship. Find out more about the Center's speakers.

The Center’s newsletter, Kaizen, is published every semester and features in-depth interviews with successful entrepreneurs from all areas of life. Past interviews have included a painter, an architect, an international product developer, and a sports entrepreneur. Find out more about the Center’s publications

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The Center’s web log is dedicated to news in entrepreneurship, business ethics, technological innovation, and political economy. The Web site also features multimedia: a promotional video, short clips of individual faculty members giving overviews of their courses; video of interviews with CEE's guest speakers and student presentations.

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For more information, contact CEE’s Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Hicks, at the Center’s e-mail address, The CEE office is located on the second floor of Burpee Center.


CEE Review: Firing honestly | Where jobs are created | Eminent domain | Mismatched socks, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion New technology developed in Australia helps nurses get the needle in your vein the first time. Rockford entrepreneurs solve problem of lost and mismatched socks in the laundry. They’ve made it to the second round of ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Rockford Register-Star. The perhaps not-so-surprising news about where job creation occurs: “over the […]


CEE Review: Science R&D | Body language | Asset forfeiture | Ethics and Business text, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Are venture capitalists humanity’s last great hope? Christopher Mims on how private firms are significantly increasing science R&D funding. The Wall Street Journal. On the other hand, surveys show that entrepreneurs’ confidence is slipping. The most-cited reasons: “Entrepreneurs surveyed pointed to government regulations as the greatest impediment and worry, followed closely by […]


CEE Review: More dollars to entrepreneurs | Craft beer | Medical innovation | Tesla in Michigan, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion The 2014 data are good so far: More dollars are flowing to entrepreneurs. At Policy Dialogue. Medical innovation and the supply side: Robert Graboyes on getting past our current “excessive aversion to risk and deference to medical insiders.” At Mercatus. Hurdles for entrepreneurial car makers: Michigan requires Tesla to sell through established […]


CEE Review: Debug your brain | Prefer women leaders? | Conservatives against capitalism | and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Just try finding a parking spot in a busy city. Max Marty’s Volo app wants to solve the problem. Women prefer male bosses even more than men do. Venessa Wong and Natalie Kitroeff at Bloomberg Businessweek. Related: A study concludes that companies with higher levels of representation by women in leadership “attain […]


CEE Review: Love Canal again | Meaningful careers | VCs funding pure science, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Want a meaningful careers? Don’t major in business. The Wall Street Journal on why business majors seem most disengaged from their work. What are the business ethics lessons? The Love Canal Environmental Disaster — Four Decades Later. Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto on entrepreneurship and economic empowerment as a way to defeat […]


CEE Review: North Korean VC | Does B-School squelch creativity? | Corruption and regulation | and moreOpen in a New Window

A venture-capitalist-to-be’s escape from North Korea: a documentary on Dae Sung Kim, who started off trading goods illegally across the Chinese border, then escaped to South Korea, and now is a VC for other North Korean refugees. Marc Andreessen on finance: “We Can Reinvent the Entire Thing”. Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “Elizabeth Holmes founded her revolutionary blood […]


CEE Review: Hackers tweak medical devices | Income mobility | Capitalists’ reputations, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Regulatory capture eye-opener: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra. Time and motion study: How top business leaders spend their days. Patrick A. McLaughlin on measuring the surge of regulation after the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. Workplace safety debates: State governments versus federal government versus contractors. The Wall Street Journal. (Another option should be […]


CEE Review: Progress on poverty | Jack Ma’s tough words | Precautionary principle | Volunteering banned, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Entrepreneurial innovation and the precautionary principle: Adam Thierer on technology policy. At the Technology Liberation Front site. Tough words from rags-to-riches entrepreneur Jack Ma: “If You’re Poor At 35, You Deserve It.” Volunteering banned at for-profit businesses. The San Jose Mercury News. Antitrust: the FTC is deciding whether to allow a merger […]


CEE Review: Young entrepreneurs struggle in school | Google in Europe | Occupational licensing, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Why everyone will have to become an entrepreneur. At Funders and Founders. Privacy and internet search engines. Google responds to a European court’s ruling that individuals have a right to have no-longer-relevant information deleted from search engine results. The Wall Street Journal‘s site. The ten richest Americans in history. Professor Donald Boudreaux […]


Tragedy of the Commons — Stephen Hicks transcript of video lectureOpen in a New Window

Below is the transcript. Or here in PDF. Professor Hicks’s lecture is part of the Business Ethics Cases series. Thanks to Matheus Pacini for his work on making the transcription. The Tragedy of the Commons (transcript) Video lecture by Stephen Hicks, Ph.D. Transcription by Matheus Pacini Part 1: What the Tragedy Is [Video clip 1] […]
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