Archive for April, 2014

CEE Review: Rich or “king”?, Educating for grit, Schumpeter, and more

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

News and Opinion

Noam Wasserman on the founder’s dilemma: Do you want to be rich or do you want to be king? At Harvard Business Review.

A panel of seasoned entrepreneurs on the classic question: nature or nurture — can we teach entrepreneurship?

Hare-brained Business Ethics Journal Review: critics and authors in ongoing discussion of recently-published articles in business ethics.

Revisiting Joseph Schumpeter — an academic paper by Calestous Juma: “Complexity, Innovation, and Development: Schumpeter Revisited.” Journal of Policy and Complex Systems via Harvard’s Belfer Center.

Grit, success, and early education. NPR’s site.

How a new bike messenger firm got its wheels turning in India. BBC’s site.


The year’s Society for Business Ethics meeting will be held in Philadelphia, August 1-3.

A video from Stockholm of the book-release event for the Swedish translation of Stephen Hicks’s Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault.

Steve Jobs: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.

CEE Review: Scheduling creativity, $5,000 to quit your job, Sweatshops, and more

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

News and Opinion

creativity-125pxInfographic from Kevin Short: How the world’s most brilliant people scheduled their days.

French regulation: You must ignore work emails at lunch and after work.

Teaching entrepreneurship in Colombia: teaching self-reliance to the poorest.

Amazon offers employees $5,000 to quit. It’s all about choices and values.

A panel at Wake Forest University on “Sweatshops: Improving Lives and Economic Growth.” Professors Benjamin Powell, Allin Cottrell, and Ian Taplin.


A new publication based in Sweden seeks new authors: “The Global Entrepreneur will be an independent, global news provider that focus on globalization and entrepreneurship as drivers for global development.”

On April 25, Rockford University is hosting the Third Annual Sports Studies Symposium. More information at Professor Shawn Klein’s Sports Ethicist site.

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy.

CEE Review: Learning to lie, Why we work, Investment or philanthropy? and more

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

News and Opinion

At Science Daily, a report: Lied-to children more likely to cheat and lie.

Google’s Larry Page, according to Business Insider: I’d rather give my billions to Elon Musk than to charity.

At AdWeek, WalMart’s inspiring Why We Work video.

Fin is a promising gesture-control device designed by Indian engineers.

Thom Ruhe has Five Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship (Kauffman’s site).

An extended profile interview with philosopher Nicholas Capaldi.

Beer-makers and farmers versus new FDA regulation.


Blast from the past:’s classic 1999 ad.

At this week’s APEE conference in Las Vegas, Stephen Hicks is presenting a talk on “Is Freedom a Subjective Value?  Abstract here.

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy.

CEE Review: African exotic oils entrepreneur, Lying’s high cost, Emotional marketing, and more

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

News and Opinion

Kaizen interviewee Magatte Wade‘s exotic oils and beauty products profiled in The New York Times.

At Forbes, Carmine Gallo on the one habit that brilliant TED speakers practice up to 200 times.

LyingThe high cost of lying: Rebekah Campbell on how even small lies undermine your success.

Emotions and how our brains decide what we share online (Fast Company‘s site).

At YouTube, an unofficial Tesla ad made for $1,500 goes viral.

Individualism and economic growth: In an NBER paper, “Culture, Institutions and the Wealth of Nations,” Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Gerard Roland compare the growth gains that individualist ethics generate compared to those of collectivist ethics: “We construct an endogenous growth model that includes a cultural variable along the dimension of individualism-collectivism. The model predicts that more individualism leads to more innovation because of the social rewards associated with innovation in an individualist culture. …”


Moral philosopher Neera K. Badhwar has a new book forthcoming from Oxford University Press: Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life.

In October, Croatia’s University of Zagreb is hosting a conference on Global Environment, Stakeholders’ Profile and Corporate Governance in Geodesy.

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy.

Professor Larry Hickman to speak at Rockford University

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

hickmanlarryLarry Hickman is a leading authority on the philosophy of John Dewey. Professor Hickman is a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University, has written and edited multiple books on Dewey, and is the director for the Dewey Center at SIUC.

At Rockford University, he is giving a campus-wide talk entitled “Teaching About Religion in a Globalizing Culture.”

Time: Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m.
Location: Fisher Chapel (Rockford University campus map).

Professor Hickman’s talk is sponsored by the CEE and organized by Dr. Matthew Flamm. More about Dr. Hickman is here.

CEE Review: Entrepreneurs are happiest, SEC insider trading?, Chemical regulation, and more

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

News and Opinion

Proof that entrepreneurs are the happiest people on Earth.

Should regulators mandate the substitution of potentially risky substances with safer substances? Susan Dudley on the substitution principle in chemical regulation.

Stephen Bainbridge asks: “Are SEC staffers inside trading in stocks of companies they sue?”

Business Insider profiles Luis Von Ahn, who “turned countless hours of mindless activity into something valuable”.

William Broad in The New York Times: “American science, long a source of national power and pride, is increasingly becoming a private enterprise”.

Start-up in San Francisco takes the hassle out shipping by picking up, packaging, labeling, and shipping for you.


The Ninth Annual BB&T Academic Programs Conference on the Moral Foundations of Capitalism will be held at Clemson University, SC, in May.

In conjunction with the release of the Swedish translation of Explaining Postmodernism, Stephen Hicks will be giving a talk in Stockholm to the Sture Academy on April 3. From an editorial review in Stockholm’s largest newspaper: “I would never let someone go to university without this book.”

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy.