Posts Tagged ‘Laetrile’

Richard Branson on Risk, 3D Printing, Liability for Drunk Employees, Poverty Professionals, Think Tanks as Educators, Business Ethics

Friday, June 28th, 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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Richard Branson on Taking Risks
Richard BransonRoutine can be deadly to a business. In this article, Richard Branson explains that adding risk-taking to your business can spawn great innovations as well as workplace fun: “One of the great benefits of taking on challenges in your working life is that you and your team learn to confront risk together — and also to lose sometimes, because when you make a good wager, the odds are not going to be in your favor.”

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3D Printing and the New Industrial Revolution
3dprinterThough 3D printing was first developed in 1984, the technology is finally becoming mainstream — Amazon has even dedicated a storefront to it. What does this new technology mean for the big picture? Professor Richard D’Aveni of Dartmouth College states, “We’re on the verge of the next industrial revolution, no doubt about it.” Read the article.

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Should Companies be Liable for Drunk Employees?
drinksAfter becoming inebriated at a company party, an employee attempted to slide down the rail of an escalator, causing her to fall nearly 25 feet to the ground. Sustaining numerous injuries, she sued her company for workman’s compensation, arguing that even while companies are not usually liable for an employee’s actions while drunk, “there is an exception when the alcohol is ‘supplied by the employer.'” Read about the verdict.

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Bill Frezza on the Poverty Professionals
Food StampsIn 2012, welfare programs cost taxpayers nearly $588 billion, much of which went to overhead for government and private administration. In this Forbes article, “Poverty Professionals and The Crony Capitalists Who Love Them,” Bill Frezza discusses the high costs, the lack of transparency, and why “the marriage of convenience between the financial services industry and federal bureaucrats is no laughing matter.”

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Think Tanks: The Universities of the 21st Century?
UFMThink tanks such as the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the Ludwig von Mises Institute are making waves in higher education. Some have transformed into or spawned new universities, and some are offering inexpensive, Massive Online Open Courses as an alternative for commuter students. Read more about the evolution of higher education and how think tanks are on the forefront.

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The Ethics of Experimental Drugs
FDA_1Should terminal cancer patients have the right to take experimental medications? Are companies taking unfair advantage of sick, desperate people? In this segment of his Business Ethics Cases series, Stephen Hicks discusses the arguments for and against experimental cancer drugs by examining the infamous Laetrile case.

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KWR: Ralph Lauren Displays Integrity in Scandal, Stay Online When the Power Goes Out, Virtue of Productiveness, Kaizen in Brazil, Classical Liberalism and Evolution, Minimum Wage Laws

Friday, May 10th, 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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Ralph Lauren Displays Integrity in Bribery Scandal
poloRalph Lauren discovered that one of its subsidiaries had been bribing Argentinian officials. Not only did the company report the violation to the SEC themselves, but it did so knowing that it would have to pay heavy fines for the subsidiary’s actions. According to the company’s attorney, Tom Hanusik, “Ralph Lauren did all the right things in this situation.” Read the article.

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Innovation in Connectivity
brckOur modern-era concern when a storm comes is not that we’ll lose light if the power goes out, but that we will lose the internet. Until now. Ushahidi, a non-profit technology company that builds open source software and digital tools, has created the BRCK, a convenient, portable, and durable device that can “provide failsafe internet connectivity in almost any situation.” Read more about the BRCK in this article from Forbes.

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William Thomas on the Virtue of Productiveness
William R. Thomas is currently a lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University at Albany and the director of programs for The Atlas Society. In this video, Thomas discusses productive work as the central value of life, elements of the virtue of productiveness, and the entrepreneurial concept of responsibility.
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Is Classical Liberalism Compatible with Darwinian Evolution?
darwinian evolution and classical liberalismProfessor Shawn Klein has contributed a chapter to the newly released Darwinian Evolution And Classical Liberalism: Theories in Tension, edited by Stephen Dilley. Klein states that Dilley “has pulled together an interesting and thought-provoking book,” which includes critical and dissenting opinions. Read the abstract of Klein’s chapter.

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Business Ethics Case Study: Minimum Wages
minimum wageStephen Hicks has released another case in his Business Ethics Cases series. This video lecture examines the moral, economic, and political arguments for and against minimum wage laws.

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New Issue of Kaizen Featuring Entrepreneurship in Brazil
loiferman thumbThis issue’s feature interview with entrepreneur André Loiferman, president (CEO) of the construction company Brasília Guaíba, takes us to the south of Brazil and the challenges of infrastructure as Brazil upgrades its airports, roads, ports, and other facilities in preparation for soccer’s World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 to be held there. We also report on our recent activities at Rockford University.

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