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Forbes on the Acton MBA

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Forbes columnist Michael Noer has a nice feature on the Acton MBA — “Startup School: An MBA Designed For Entrepreneurs, Not I-Bankers.”

acton-whiteActon is unique because of “its relentless focus on a single goal: educating aspiring entrepreneurs. The curriculum discards the traditional M.B.A. silos of finance, accounting and marketing to revolve around the entrepreneurial cycle of creating, growing and selling a business.”

Here is our Kaizen interview with Acton’s founder, Jeff Sandefer. The Acton method is now also in place at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

Kaizen Weekly Review

Friday, March 1st, 2013

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

The Last Mile May Be First Step for Inmate Entrepreneurs

At California’s San Quentin prison, inmates have the opportunity to participate in the Last Mile, an entrepreneurship course modeled on start-up incubators that take in batches of young companies and provide them with courses, informal advice, and seed investments. Start-up ideas from inmates include a cardiovascular health organization and an e-commerce site for artists in prison. Read the full article here.

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The Open Letter that Stopped a Lucrative Marketing Campaign

On September 19, 2012, Thor Halvorssen, Founder of the Human Rights Foundation, published this open letter to Urban Outfitters in The Huffington Post about its Che Guevara marketing campaign and line of fashion merchandise. The letter is useful as a case study for Business Ethics courses in discussions of marketing using popular political figures, especially those with a record like Guevara’s. Urban Outfitters subsequently decided to drop its Che campaign and fashion line.

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The Morality of Capitalism

Stephen Hicks gave a talk to the Bastiat Society in Panama on the debates over the morality of capitalism, contrasting the positions of Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, and others. Here is the abstract from his lecture.

Note: The Bastiat Society is named for Frédéric Bastiat, the great nineteenth-century liberal public intellectual.

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.A Quirky Interview

In a recent interview with Dan Schneider for Cosmoetica, Hicks covered such themes as the nature of values, art, religion, corporations, and the meaning of life. Other interviewees in the series include Daniel Dennett, Larry Sanger, and Steven Pinker.

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Would More Regulations Curb NCAA Violations?

Shawn Klein is quoted in this article from Coach and Athletic Director magazine examining the use of more regulations to curb NCAA violations. In the article, Klein states: “I don’t know that stricter policies or punishment would be that much more effective, because part of the problem is that there are so many rules and a lot of them are opaque.” Read the full article.

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CEE Guest Speaker Series

Marta Podemska-Mikluch, a visiting professor of Economics at Beloit College and recent Ph.D. graduate from George Mason University, was CEE’s guest speaker for February. She gave a talk to students and professors on “Succession, Elections, and Self-Governance,” focusing on the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s “nobles’ democracy” of the 16th century.

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See you next week!

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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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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

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.

Professor Arielle John to Speak at Rockford University

Monday, January 28th, 2013

On January 31, Professor Arielle John will speak on “How culture influences entrepreneurial decision-making.” Professor John is a native of Trinidad and a Ph.D. candidate in economics from George Mason University. She currently teaches in the Department of Economics at Beloit College, Wisconsin.

Professor John’s talk will be held in Scarborough Hall, room 212, from 11 am-12:15 pm. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

Steve Mariotti on NFTE Europe

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Kaizen interviewee Steve Mariotti writes about his Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship’s programs in Europe. “Youth unemployment,” he says, “Is one of the biggest problems in the world. Its impact is particularly evident in Europe, where in November youth unemployment rates hit 23.7 percent in the European Union, and a whopping 57.6 percent in Greece and 56.5 percent in Spain. I believe youth entrepreneurship education can bring these horrible unemployment rates down.”

Read the rest at Huffington Post.

Related: our in-depth interview with Steve Mariotti.

Shawn Klein to be Featured on WREX 13 News

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Channel 13 News came by the CEE office today to interview Dr. Shawn Klein about sports ethics and Lance Armstrong’s use of performance enhancing drugs. Watch WREX Morning News (January 18) or check out their video page if you missed it.

A short article about the interview was posted here.

Check the Sports Ethicist blog for further updates.

The End of the University as We Know It

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Nathan Harden writes a sweeping overview of “The End of the University as We Know It” for The American Interest Magazine. “We have reached a tipping point where new interactive web technology, coupled with widespread access to broadband internet service and increased student comfort interacting online, will send online education mainstream,” Harden says. Online students may miss out on some of the advantages of a residential college experience, but they will learn more efficiently, be able to choose from a more varied curriculum, and enjoy greater convenience, all at a lower price than traditional residential students pay. And universities will have to adopt this new model or become obsolete.

Read the full article here.

Related: Dr. Stephen Hicks’s entire Philosophy of Education course is now available online.