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: Learning to lie, Why we work, Investment or philanthropy? and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion At Science Daily, a report: Lied-to children more likely to cheat and lie. Google’s Larry Page, according to Business Insider: I’d rather give my billions to Elon Musk than to charity. At AdWeek, WalMart’s inspiring Why We Work video. Fin is a promising gesture-control device designed by Indian engineers. Thom Ruhe has […]


CEE Review: African exotic oils entrepreneur, Lying’s high cost, Emotional marketing, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Kaizen interviewee Magatte Wade‘s exotic oils and beauty products profiled in The New York Times. At Forbes, Carmine Gallo on the one habit that brilliant TED speakers practice up to 200 times. The high cost of lying: Rebekah Campbell on how even small lies undermine your success. Emotions and how our brains […]


Professor Larry Hickman to speak at Rockford UniversityOpen in a New Window

Larry Hickman is a leading authority on the philosophy of John Dewey. Professor Hickman is a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University, has written and edited multiple books on Dewey, and is the director for the Dewey Center at SIUC. At Rockford University, he is giving a campus-wide talk entitled “Teaching About Religion in […]


CEE Review: Entrepreneurs are happiest, SEC insider trading?, Chemical regulation, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Proof that entrepreneurs are the happiest people on Earth. Should regulators mandate the substitution of potentially risky substances with safer substances? Susan Dudley on the substitution principle in chemical regulation. Stephen Bainbridge asks: “Are SEC staffers inside trading in stocks of companies they sue?” Business Insider profiles Luis Von Ahn, who “turned […]


CEE Review: Seinfeld and procrastination, Faster blood tests, Trader Joe’s withdraws, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion At Entrepreneur magazine: How the ‘Seinfeld Strategy’ Can Help You Stop Procrastinating. Stanford dropout Elizabeth Holmes invented a new testing method that requires only a drop of blood. “With that they can perform hundreds of tests, from standard cholesterol checks to sophisticated genetic analyses. The results are faster, more accurate, and far […]


Interview with Zol CendesOpen in a New Window

Entrepreneurship and Software Development Dr. Zoltan Cendes was the co-founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Ansoft Corporation, now part of ANSYS. Prior to founding Ansoft, Mr. Cendes received his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He was then an engineer with […]


CEE Review: Entrepreneurial employees, Robotic pills, Zealous tax collectors, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Swimmers, mathematicians, and levels of excellence. Google and how to be an entrepreneurial employee at an entrepreneurial company. ‘Robotic’ Pills versus Injections: Entrepreneur Mir Imran’s goal to change how we treat diabetes. In Illinois, zealous tax collectors motivate the closing of a teacher-supplies store. Development, business, and tourism in South America’s great […]


CEE Review: Gunshot wounds, Politics of medical fees, Coolest offices, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Medical progress: Popular Science on a new invention that seals a gunshot wound in 15 seconds. But in Canada, an entrepreneurial pediatrician who charged private fees loses her battle with the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons. These really are the coolest offices in the world. At Inc. magazine, considering the dark […]


CEE Review: Disabilities and entrepreneurship, Drop-out engineers, Illegal bread-baking, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Kevin Hartford’s stutter made employers hesitant to hire him. So he started his own business. “This 17-Year-Old Dropped Out Of High School For Peter Thiel And Built A Game-Changing New Kind Of Computer”. The saga of illegal bread-baking in California. How are cities developing their entrepreneurial ecosystems? ID8 visits several American cities […]


CEE Review: CEO pay, Whether economists change their minds, Salesforce, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Do economists ever change their minds? In Econ Journal Watch, Dan Klein reports on the “changes as may have occurred among the 71 individuals who, through 2012, won the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.” Business ethicist Chris MacDonald reflects on a Canadian study of CEO pay […]
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