Kaizen Weekly Review


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

A New Perspective on Business Ethics
Stephen Hicks contributed the essay “Entrepreneurship and Ethics” to the Springer Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics. In the essay, Hicks argues that business ethics should be refocused away from corporations and the social and toward entrepreneurs and the individual.

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Workplace Safety: The Moral is the Practical
In this blog post, Hicks looks at the safety philosophy of Alcoa’s now retired CEO Paul O’Neill, which was rooted in his determination “to demonstrate that it is possible for a truly great organization to be values based without any reservations.’”

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Fight Club: Empowering Individuality or Nauseating Nihilism?
The Philosophy and Film group, led by professors Shawn Klein and Matt Flamm, met on Monday, March 4. According to Klein, “We had an interesting and engaging discussion of several philosophic issues in Fight Club. Several students liked what they took as the empowering message to fight back against conformity and social pressures. Others focused on the nihilistic elements of the main characters.”

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Olympic Hero and Murderer?
Klein faces a professorial dilemma: should he continue to use Pistorius as a case study in Sports Ethics now that Pistorius faces murder charges? Klein writes: “I do not expect nor demand that the figures discussed in class be moral saints or ideals. That is unrealistic, unnecessary, and contrary to the goals of education. However, Pistorius’ case raises a special problem because so much of the narrative of the disabled athlete triumphing in the quest of fairness is celebratory.” Read the full post.

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Interview with Marta Podemska-Mikluch
CEE guest speaker Marta Podemska-Mikluch talks about succession, elections, and self-governance after her talk at Rockford University. 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-LithuanianCommonwealth.

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Crowdfunding for Inventors, “Ivy-League” Style
Christie Street is a product-focused funding platform that runs a lot like Kickstarter, but with a filtering process. According to lead inventor James Siminoff, “We’re weeding out 90 percent of products that don’t have what it takes to get made,” he said. The goal is to try to ensure that the inventor’s products stand a chance in the marketplace. Read the full article.

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The World at Your Fingertips
Is it possible to replace the mouse? This is what Leap hopes to do with their Leap Motion, which can track up to ten fingers in Kinect-like motion control. According to this article, the Leap Motion can “track movements smaller than a pin tip, and it can track your hands at fingers at up to 290 frames per second. Pretty impressive for a device about the size of a stick of gum.” Here is a video demonstration.

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