Dr. Nimish Adhia, CEE’s first Fall 2010 Guest Speaker, discusses with Dr. Stephen Hicks his research on changing attitudes toward businessmen in Indian cinema. Dr. Adhia, the Miller Upton Teaching Fellow in Economics at Beloit College, gave a talk on this subject in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class.
Archive for September, 2010
Robert Bradley worked at Enron for 16 years. As director of public policy analysis for his last seven years there, he wrote speeches for the late Ken Lay, Enron’s CEO, who was convicted in 2005 of fraud and conspiracy. Dr. Bradley is also founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research of Houston, Texas, and Washington, D.C. He frequently writes and lectures on energy, political economy, and corporate governance. He is currently completing his seventh book, Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies, the second volume of a trilogy on political capitalism inspired by the rise and fall of Enron. We met with Dr. Bradley in Houston to explore his thoughts on Enron, political capitalism, and the future of energy.
Kaizen: Why does the Enron case matter?
Bradley: Enron’s fall was front-page news in the United States and around the world. It was such a surprise that the company everyone thought was the best—the most innovative, most socially progressive, and so on—was revealed to be the very worst. Virtually everyone got fooled by the reversal, so it had tremendous mystery and appeal.
Tony Schwartz recently wrote an article for Harvard Business Review that summarizes current psychological research on becoming excellent at a given activity. The bad news is that it takes, as our parents always told us, lots of practice; the good news is that, by doing something we are passionate about a lot, we have the opportunity to become excellent at that activity. Schwartz outlines six principles that will help anyone become excellent at anything.
Via the Policy Forum on Entrepreneurship, here is a good New York Times article on entrepreneurship in Argentina. With the government in debt, and with little access to credit, “slowly, Argentines are beginning to trust and invest in each other.” The article profiles the founders of a software startup as examples of how the response of individuals to the stormy economic climate of Argentina is changing.
Fall 2009 Guest Speaker Timothy Sandefur’s new book, The Right to Earn a Living: Economic Freedom and the Law, was recently published by the Cato Institute. From the description: “America’s founders thought the right to earn a living was so basic and obvious that it didn’t need to be mentioned in the Bill of Rights. The Right to Earn a Living charts the history of this fundamental human right, from the constitutional system that was designed to protect it by limiting government’s powers, to the Civil War Amendments that expanded protection to all Americans, regardless of race.”
Professor Nimish Adhia is the Miller Upton Teaching Fellow in Economics at Beloit College. He received his B.A from Illinois Wesleyan University and his M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has recently defended his Ph.D. in economics. His talk will be based on his “Bourgeois Virtues in Indian Movies: How Bollywood heralded India’s Economic Liberalization,” which he presented at the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago in 2009.
Professor Adhia will give a talk in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class on Friday, September 24 at 11 am in SCAR 220.
All who are interested may attend. We hope to see you there!
Aviation Week recently published a feature on aerospace startup SpaceX. The company is known to actively recruit the best, most enterprising talent. “In fact, [SpaceX founder, CEO, and CTO Elon Musk] considers this entrepreneurial mind-set to be even more important than the smarts of his new employees, opposing the more traditional hiring practices of his competitors.” From the company website: “Established in 2002 by Elon Musk , the founder of PayPal and the Zip2 Corporation, SpaceX has already developed two brand new launch vehicles, established an impressive launch manifest, and been awarded COTS funding by NASA to demonstrate delivery and return of cargo to the International Space Station.”
In 399 BCE, Athens executed Socrates for impiety and corrupting the youth. Plato immortalized the trial and death of Socrates in his dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo. These are not merely historical dialogues, but philosophical treatises that examine the nature of piety, philosophy, justice, and death. The Reading Group will discuss each of these dialogues and the philosophical issues they raise.
Each meeting will take place at the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship office on the second floor of Burpee, from 1-2pm. There will be light refreshments. A free copy of the book will be provided to participants.
September 10: Overview and Introduction
September 17: Euthyphro
October 1: Apology
November 5: Crito
November 19: Phaedo