Posts Tagged ‘David Mayer’

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

Friday, May 17th, 2013

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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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Previous Issues of Kaizen Weekly Review.

 

August 2009 issue of Kaizen

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

K8 coverThe latest issue of Kaizen features our interview with Steve Mariotti, founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization dedicated to providing entrepreneurship education to low-income youths.

Also featured in Kaizen are CEE guest speakers David Mayer and C. Bradley Thompson, an interview with Steve Kadamian on his entrepreneurship course, and a report on the 2009 High School Entrepreneur Day.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Mr. Mariotti.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at] Rockford.edu.

Interview with David Mayer on constitutional interpretation

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Below is a two-part interview of CEE’s executive director Dr. Stephen Hicks with Spring 2009 CEE guest speaker Dr. David Mayer about his forthcoming book, entitled “Freedom’s Constitution,” which focuses on his libertarian interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

Part I

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Interview with David Mayer on Thomas Jefferson

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Below is a two-part interview of CEE’s executive director Dr. Stephen Hicks with Spring 2009 CEE guest speaker Dr. David Mayer discussing his lecture, “Thomas Jefferson and the Holy Cause of Freedom,” about Jefferson’s writings on the nature and importance of liberty.

Part I

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Spring 2009 guest speakers

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The Center is proud to announce its guest speakers for Spring 2009:

Steven HorwitzSteven Horwitz, February 18, 2 PM, SCAR 4

Steven Horwitz is Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in New York. He is the author of Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000) and Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992). He has written extensively on Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and the economics of gender and the family. Dr. Horwitz will give a talk entitled “Wal-Mart to the Rescue: Private Enterprise’s Response to Hurricane Katrina,” in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class.

C. Bradley ThompsonC. Bradley Thompson, March 18, 2 PM, SCAR 20

C. Bradley Thompson is Research Professor at Clemson University in South Carolina. Professor Thompson is the author of the prize-winning book John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty (University Press of Kansas, 1998). He has lectured around the country on education reform and the American Revolution, and his op-ed essays have appeared in scores of newspapers around the country and abroad. Dr. Thompson will give a talk on the political thought of John Adams in Dr. Jules Gleicher’s Political Philosophy of the American Revolutionary Era class.

David MayerDavid Mayer, March 25, 2 PM SCAR 20

David Mayer is Professor of Law and History at Capital University in Ohio, where he teaches courses in American constitutional history, English and American legal history, and intellectual property, as well as a seminar in Libertarianism and the Law. He has written The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson (University Press of Virginia, 1994) and several articles in law reviews, history and political science journals. Dr. Mayer will give a talk entitled “Thomas Jefferson and the `Holy Cause of Freedom’” in Dr. Gleicher’s Political Philosophy of the American Revolutionary Era class.

The flyer for this announcement is available here (PDF). Please contact us at if you have any questions or would like more information.