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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 […]
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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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 […]
Przemysław Zientkowski (Nicholas Copernicus University, Poland) and Stephen Hicks (Rockford University, USA) have a co-authored article (in English) now out in the Polish journal, Ruch Filozoficzny. The full title of the article is “Friedrich Nietzsche’s Politics of Genius and Its Challenge for Liberal-Democratic Europe.” Zientkowski recently (2013) published a book on the critique of human […]
News in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. News and Opinion Business ethicist Chris MacDonald notes that sometimes we approve when big corporations lobby the government, and sometimes we don’t. What principles should help us decide? The Economist on technology and jobs — why one needs to be an entrepreneurial employee. Controversy as a New York […]
Entrepreneurial Software Our latest issue of Kaizen [pdf] features our interview with Zol Cendes. We met in with Mr. Cendes in Naples, Florida, to discuss his experience founding Ansoft, a $900 million software company that revolutionized engineering modeling. Ansoft’s software is used widely for improving the air and fluid dynamics for products such as Ferrari […]
News in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. News and Opinion Professors Alexei Marcoux (whom we featured here) and Chris MacDonald launched the Business Ethics Journal Review in 2013, so check out the results of its lively first year. Hackerspaces and the liberal arts: experimental open labs in Asia. Stephanie St. Claire has been to entrepreneurial […]
Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship activities and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news. News and Opinion “Never, ever give up”: Diana Nyad on swimming 100 miles from Cuba to Florida. Amazing. In the New York Times, Sei Chong reports on how “American-Style Start-Ups Take Root in India.” Entrepreneurial vegetable farmer: “In 2012, Kelowna farmer Curtis […]
In this 20-minute “Unleash Your Inner Company” talk, entrepreneur John Chisholm (San Francisco) discusses: * the values that motivate entrepreneurs; * the mutually-reinforcing traits of passion and perseverance; * finding unique customers needs; * fitting those needs to one’s own uniqueness, strengths, and weakness; * how entrepreneurs are leaders; * his own entrepreneurial experiences; * […]
News and Opinion Business Insider has 16 Genius Quotes From Eccentric Billionaire Elon Musk. Gadget made by a 16-year-old entrepreneur could decrease your energy bills, reports Kira Newman for Tech Cocktail DC. An entertaining bit of economic history: What caused the Dutch tulip bubble of 1637? More history — the bad old days of Human […]
News and Opinion Which cities are the most honest? Researchers “lost” 12 wallets in each of 16 cities around the world and counted how many were returned. For three years, the city of Nashville required a minimum price of $45 for limo services. A court case led the city drop the requirement, opening the door […]