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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: North Korean VC | Does B-School squelch creativity? | Corruption and regulation | and moreOpen in a New Window

A venture-capitalist-to-be’s escape from North Korea: a documentary on Dae Sung Kim, who started off trading goods illegally across the Chinese border, then escaped to South Korea, and now is a VC for other North Korean refugees. Marc Andreessen on finance: “We Can Reinvent the Entire Thing”. Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “Elizabeth Holmes founded her revolutionary blood […]


CEE Review: Hackers tweak medical devices | Income mobility | Capitalists’ reputations, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Regulatory capture eye-opener: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra. Time and motion study: How top business leaders spend their days. Patrick A. McLaughlin on measuring the surge of regulation after the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. Workplace safety debates: State governments versus federal government versus contractors. The Wall Street Journal. (Another option should be […]


CEE Review: Progress on poverty | Jack Ma’s tough words | Precautionary principle | Volunteering banned, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Entrepreneurial innovation and the precautionary principle: Adam Thierer on technology policy. At the Technology Liberation Front site. Tough words from rags-to-riches entrepreneur Jack Ma: “If You’re Poor At 35, You Deserve It.” Volunteering banned at for-profit businesses. The San Jose Mercury News. Antitrust: the FTC is deciding whether to allow a merger […]


CEE Review: Young entrepreneurs struggle in school | Google in Europe | Occupational licensing, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion Why everyone will have to become an entrepreneur. At Funders and Founders. Privacy and internet search engines. Google responds to a European court’s ruling that individuals have a right to have no-longer-relevant information deleted from search engine results. The Wall Street Journal‘s site. The ten richest Americans in history. Professor Donald Boudreaux […]


Tragedy of the Commons — Stephen Hicks transcript of video lectureOpen in a New Window

Below is the transcript. Or here in PDF. Professor Hicks’s lecture is part of the Business Ethics Cases series. Thanks to Matheus Pacini for his work on making the transcription. The Tragedy of the Commons (transcript) Video lecture by Stephen Hicks, Ph.D. Transcription by Matheus Pacini Part 1: What the Tragedy Is [Video clip 1] […]


CEE Review: Pixar’s Braintrust | Biggest Mistakes | Latin America | Fairness, and moreOpen in a New Window

News and Opinion An excerpt from Ed Catmull’s forthcoming Creativity, Inc.: Inside The Pixar Braintrust. Fast Company‘s site. The Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make: “We Asked Owners About Their Biggest Goofs — and What They Learned From Them.” Barbara Haislip at the WSJ. Veronique de Rugy with some graphics and data on the Export-Import Bank: Who […]


CEE Review: Bounties for whistleblowers? | Will machines replace workers? | Food truck politics, and moreOpen in a New Window

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 […]


CEE Review: Socrates as consultant | VC funding up | Mirzakhani | Most influential cities, and moreOpen in a New Window

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 […]


CEE Review: Hong Kong facts | Our aging economy | Startup Weekend | Bogus Repairs, and moreOpen in a New Window

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 […]


Sports entrepreneurship: Three interviews (Snider, Reinsdorf, Checketts)Open in a New Window

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 […]
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