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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.
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.
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, CEE@rockford.edu
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Dr. Shawn Klein is editing a volume on Steve Jobs and Philosophy, which will be part of Open Court Publishing Company’s Popular Culture and Philosophy Series. Professor Klein is seeking original contributions to the volume. For those interested in writing, please see this Call for Abstracts with more information about the scope of the volume [...]
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Professor Shawn E. Klein was interviewed for an article in the online business journal of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The focus of the article is on the idea of buying “shares” in professional athletes. “Fantex: Is Buying Shares in Athletes Risky Business?”. Dr. Klein teaches philosophy at Rockford University, including Philosophy [...]
Professors Shawn Klein and Michael Perry are organizing the Third Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium, to be held in April 2014. The theme is “Defining Sport.” Here is the full Call for Abstracts. Professor Klein is also the Sports Ethicist — check out his podcast series at iTunes.
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