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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.


Only in Argentina?Open in a New Window

A fun and informative post about 20 things that only happen in Argentina. Related: * Two of our Kaizen interviews on entrepreneurship and ethics: Enrique Duhau and Eduardo Marty. * Business in Argentina — interview with Federico Fernández and Martin Sarano. * A comparison of how resource-poor Hong Kong’s relatively laissez-faire free market has taken […]


CEE Review: What’s in a name?, Educating for entrepreneurship, Tax-friendly Canada, Ancient Athens, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion In Chicago, Mike was told his name was “too ghetto.” But he was allowed to open his shop as Michael’s Wine and Spirits. A recent paper in the Journal of Institutional Economics argues that, with the exception of women and slaves, “economic freedom in ancient Athens is on level with the highest […]


Working Papers in Ethics and Entrepreneurship — updatedOpen in a New Window

The Working Papers in Ethics and Entrepreneurship series has been updated to include Stephen Hicks’s “Educating for Entrepreneurship” working paper. Previous working papers in the series are “Ethics and Entrepreneurship” (2008), “Entrepreneurial Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility” (2010), and “Public Policy, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship” (2012).


CEE Review: Occupational licensing laws, Canadian smugglers, 16-year-old entrepreneur, Becoming productive, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion A 16-year old’s schedule combines school, dance team, and her FishFlops line of footwear and clothing. The New York Times: the effect of licensing laws on innovation and entrepreneurship. BBC News: Can a $7 memory stick provide digital access to the billion poorest? Six subtle things productive people do each day. Eric […]


“Educating for Entrepreneurship” — Stephen Hicks working paperOpen in a New Window

The text is below and in PDF format. The essay is also forthcoming in Polish in the education journal Przegląd Pedagogiczny. Comments welcome. Educating for Entrepreneurship (Working Paper, June 2014) Stephen R.C. Hicks Department of Philosophy and Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship Rockford University Rockford, Illinois, USA Introduction: Japanese visitors to American schools Recently a […]


CEE Review: Failure is success, Entrepreneurial Panama, Stop thinking start doing, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Megan McArdle on “why failing well is the key to success” [pdf] or via the Cato’s Letter site. Melanie Lawson: Want your own business? How to stop thinking and start doing. Chicago shocker: A city alderman turns down a bribe. Talent shortage? Import more entrepreneurs: “Panama’s government has resorted to mass legalization […]


CEE Review: Nike and greatness, Teen privacy on Facebook, Athlete-entrepreneurs, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Nike’s philosophical one-minute commercial: Who really has the potential for greatness? (YouTube). The Wall Street Journal, Emily Chasan on the results of U.S. securities regulators’ lifting restrictions on advertising of private securities sales. Teen privacy, Facebook, and the FTC. (At The Washington Post.) At CNBC, 15 Pro Athletes Turned Entrepreneurs. On the […]


CEE Review: Piketty, Leisure and wealth, Cayman Islands, Vanderbilt the anti-monopolist, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion The Economist explains why the rich now have less leisure than the poor. Burton Folsom with some entrepreneurial history: How Vanderbilt broke Fulton’s steamboat monopoly. On Thomas Piketty’s magisterial Capital in the Twenty-first Century: Tyler Cowen’s review in Foreign Affairs. And a round-up of reviews at Bradford DeLong’s site. “Kantian Virtue Ethics […]


Entrepreneurship in Latin America: 5 interviewsOpen in a New Window

Here are five interviews with Latin American entrepreneurs we’ve published in Kaizen, covering the business areas of construction, agriculture, logistics, education, aluminum, and oil and gas. * Entrepreneurship and Infrastructure in Brazil: Interview with Brasília Guaíba president André Loiferman. * Entrepreneurial Agriculture: Interview with Argentina’s Enrique Duhau. * Entrepreneurial Logistics in Panama: Interview with Surse […]


CEE Review: Corporations and religion?, Bhagwati and Easterly, Entrepreneurial hubs, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Business ethicist Chris MacDonald reflects on the Hobby Lobby case and asks whether corporations can have religious goals. Development economists everywhere: in Financial Times, a profile interview with Jagdish Bhagwati, who asks whether the “tortoise” India can overtake the “hare” China. And in “Spare the Advice,” a The New York Times review […]
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