Archive for February, 2013

Kaizen Weekly Review – February 22, 2013

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Kaizen Weekly Review highlights activities of The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news.
Editor: Virginia Murr

Give Lance Armstrong Another Chance?

CEE Professor Shawn Klein, who runs the popular Sports Ethicist blog, gave his opinion to CNN on the Lance Armstrong scandal. Klein writes: “Violating the arbitrary rules of a sport shows a character flaw and poor judgment, but it is hard to see who else is truly harmed by such actions.” For more, click here.

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Professor Klein on Podcast

Klein was also interviewed by Rockford University Radio, discussing why he became a professor, his book Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts, and Ayn Rand and the Atlas Shrugged movies.

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Explaining Postmodernism in Iran

Dr. Stephen Hicks’s Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault has been translated into Persian by H. P. Safir and published by one of Iran’s biggest publishers, Qoqnoos Publishing House in Tehran. Click here to view the web page for the Persian translation of Explaining Postmodernism. Information on other editions and translations of the book can be found here.

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Television Interview in Houston

While in Houston giving a talk to the Houston Property Rights Association on “Free Market Philosophy in the Classroom,” Dr. Hicks appeared for an interview on David Hutzelman’s television show. The interview covered entrepreneurial ethics, why business ethics should focus on the positive more than the negative, and our cultural progress in developing institutions of trust. Here is the interview:

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Teaching Liberty at UIS

After two years of hard work, CEE guest speaker Professor William Kline had his Liberty Studies minor approved by the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Campus Senate. View CEE’s interview with Professor Kline.

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Filling a Gap in Business Ethics

Another CEE guest speaker, Professor Alexei Marcoux of Loyola University Chicago, working in conjunction with Professor Chris MacDonald, has launched Business Ethics Journal Review (BEJR), which went live on February 14, 2013. BEJR is an open-access academic journal publishing peer-reviewed commentaries and facilitating broad discussion. Watch CEE’s interview with Professor Marcoux.

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Innovations in Modern Medicine Illustrated

This Forbes article includes a striking visual created by Leon Farrant, a graphic designer in Purchase, N.Y., showing how vaccinations have impacted our lives, “driv[ing] home how effective the common childhood inoculations, made by Merck, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis, are.”

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Sold Out Concert? Attend Anyway

Kaizen interviewee Judy Estrin has teamed up with her son David Carrico to bring an interactive concert hall to the Web. According to this techcrunch.com article, EvntLive is intended to “create a scalable platform to stream live concerts ranging from sold-out arenas to intimate clubs, backed by a curated library of shows fans may have missed, integrated with social media, behind-the-scenes video and e-commerce.” Read CEE’s interview with entrepreneur Judy Estrin.

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Philosophy and Film Series: Fight Club

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The Philosophy and Film group will meet Monday, March 4 from 4-5 pm in the CEE office (2nd floor, Burpee) to discuss the 1999 film Fight Club.

Light refreshments will be provided. All who are interested in discussing the philosophical themes presented in this film may attend.

Questions or more information: CEE[at]rockford.edu

Spring 2013 Guest Speaker Marta Podemska-Mikluch

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship welcomes Marta Podemska-Mikluch to Rockford University on Tuesday, February 26. Professor Podemska-Mikluch will give a talk on Succession, Elections, and Self-Governance from 11 am to 12:15 pm in SCAR 212.

Professor Podemska-Mikluch is a visiting assistant professor of Economics at Beloit College. She recently finished her dissertation at George Mason University on the democratic decline of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

Questions or further information: CEE[at]rockford.edu

Using Entrepreneurship Education to Reduce Crime

Monday, February 11th, 2013

About 3 percent of American adults are currently under correctional supervision, and about 1/3 of Americans will be arrested before age 23. Both groups may have trouble finding legitimate employment and may therefore turn to crime to make a living. Entrepreneurship education offers a way out of this cycle: self-employed entrepreneurs can circumvent background checks, low wages, and discrimination.

The Pecuniology blog lists some organizations that educate these segments of the population about entrepreneurship.

Soon Chilean Entrepreneurs Will Be Able to Incorporate in One Day

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

By May, a new law in Chile should be in effect, allowing entrepreneurs to incorporate their businesses online for free within one day. This is part of Chile’s Year of Innovation, a billion-dollar initiative launched by President Sebastián Piñera, which is designed to simplify the process of innovation for Chileans.

Read more about the new law here.

Learn about Chile’s Year of Innovation.

The Value of Failure

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Christopher Hann, at Entrepreneur, writes about the value of failure in life and in entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs should not ignore the possibility of failure, but should learn to “fail early and often.” They can then identify their failures through trial and error in the beginning stages of a venture and have time to adapt and improve their business.

Read the article here.

Related: famous entrepreneurs list their favorite songs that inspire them to bounce back after failure.

Also related: Dr. Stephen Hicks on The Entrepreneurial Process.

Interview with Professor Arielle John

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Professor Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, interviewed guest speaker Arielle John (Beloit College) about the influence of culture on entrepreneurship. Watch the interview below.

Kaizen 29: The Zol Cendes interview

Friday, February 1st, 2013

k29-coverThe latest issue of Kaizen [pdf] features our interview with Zol Cendes on the theme of Entrepreneurial Software. We met in Naples, Florida, to discuss Mr. Cendes’s experience founding Ansoft, a $900 million software company that revolutionized engineering modeling. Images from this issue show the uses of Ansoft’s software in improving the air and fluid dynamics for products such as Ferrari sports cars and the swim caps used by Michael Phelps in the Olympics.

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Also featured in this issue of Kaizen are guest speakers John Chisholm and Robert Lawson, along with two students, Amour Muro and Alex Patnou, who were the co-winners of CEE’s essay contest in Business and Economic Ethics.

pathlines-gt2ferrariPrint copies of Kaizen are in the mail to CEE’s supporters and are available at Rockford University. Our next issue will feature an extended interview with Guillermo Yeatts on the theme of Entrepreneurship in Latin America.

More Kaizen interviews with leading entrepreneurs are our site here.