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News and Opinion Daniel Kline reports: British Commission Says “No” to Bounties for Whistleblowers. Walmart shakes up the medical clinic business: $40 per visit, or $4 for Walmart associates. “Anybody, with or without insurance, can go into one of these clinics and be seen by a qualified health professional, without the usual paperwork.” At the […]
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 Venture capital up significantly: “Corporate venture-capital arms funneled almost $5 billion into startups in the first half of the year, a jump of about 45% from a year earlier and the highest level since the dot-com era, as executives expanded their horizons for growth and tried to stay ahead of rapidly changing […]
News and Opinion Doing business in Hong Kong: Facts worth knowing. At Forbes. Robots could replace half of workers. Why we need to be educating students with an entrepreneurial mindset. Bogus repairs at Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar? WSJ report. Cool infographic: Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, 1996-2013. Entrepreneurs are disappearing, and our […]
Here are three of our Kaizen interviews on entrepreneurship and ethics in sports: Ed Snider, owner of hockey’s Philadelphia Flyers and basketball’s Philadelphia 76ers: “I think when you’re young you’re a bigger risk-taker than when you’re older. And I think when you’re young it’s not the risk as much as it is you have this […]
News and Opinion Laura Smith went into business with her dad. It did not go well. Neat engineering: schoolchildren in India use desks made from cardboard. At YouTube. The high costs of cronyism – how politicized business helps some at the expense of others (PDF). Russ Sobel and Rachel Graefe-Anderson’s new working paper from Mercatus. Coffee […]
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 […]
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 […]
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).
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 […]
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 […]