The Watch of the Future, Netflix’s Success, Internet Ethics, Spreading Business Ethics, The Sports Ethicist, and Representational Art

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

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Netflix: Back from the Brink of Destruction
house of cardsIt was a business disaster. In 2011, Netflix rolled out Qwikster, which “tried to both raise prices and spin off its DVD-by-mail business.” The media wrote scathing reviews and Netflix shares plunged. How did a Netflix CEO Reed Hastings bring his company back from the brink of destruction? According to Richard Greenfield, a media analyst for BTIG, “He [Reed] dusted himself off, stood back up and started running.” Read more.

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The Rub with Workplace Ethics
shhhWhat influences employees to speak out about ethical violations in the workplace? To find out, University of Michigan professor David Mayer and his colleagues conducted three studies. According to Mayer, the results “contradict conventional wisdom that the personal characteristics of an employee drive his or her decision to speak up.”

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The Watch of the Future
watchThis Tech Crunch article reviews the Ressence Type 3, a liquid-filled mechanical watch with a nearly featureless face that winds automatically. The dials look like they are seamlessly embedded in the face surface, which spins. As well, a pressure valve compensates for temperature-related changes in the liquid. View the product page.

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Internet Ethics Problems from Silicon Valley
mobile deviceThe Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in Silicon Valley has a web page dedicated to ethics and the Internet. The site hosts a series of brief videos on key issues in Internet ethics, as identified by Silicon Valley leaders. Participants include the co-founders of Adobe and Reputation.com, as well as the CEOs of Symantec and Seagate.

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The Future of Art
representational artIn April, Stephen Hicks attended a meeting of minds in California to discuss key issues in representational aesthetics in preparation for next year’s Representational Art Conference (TRAC). TRAC 2014 will focus on the aesthetic principles and values implicit in the representational art of the twenty-first century. The conference will be held March 2 – 5, 2014 in Ventura Beach, California.

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Taking a Swing at the Designated Hitter Rule
sports ethicistThe Sports Ethicist’s radio program recently covered the Designated Hitter Rule in MLB. The rule has been in place for 40 years, yet still remains as controversial as ever. Does it remove the need for managerial strategy? Does it add excitement and offense to the game? Listen here as Professor Shawn Klein, Zachary Wolf, Daryn Streed, as well as Professors Matt Flamm and Mike Perry discuss the DH rule and its effects on baseball.

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With summer upon us, we will be producing the Kaizen Weekly Review on a biweekly basis. See you in two weeks!

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