Posts Tagged ‘Richard Branson’

CEE Review: Young entrepreneurs struggle in school | Google in Europe | Occupational licensing, and more

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

News and Opinion

Why everyone will have to become an entrepreneur. At Funders and Founders.

Privacy and internet search engines. Google responds to a European court’s ruling that individuals have a right to have no-longer-relevant information deleted from search engine results. The Wall Street Journal‘s site.

The ten richest Americans in history. Professor Donald Boudreaux comments at Cafe Hayek.bored-in-school

Richard Branson on why entrepreneurs sometimes struggle with formal education. At Entrepreneur magazine. Related: “Educating for Entrepreneurship” — Stephen Hicks working paper, June 2014.

A legislative agenda for entrepreneurs. At the Illinois Policy Institute’s site.

“Business as a Moral Endeavor” — a new short video featuring a variety of entrepreneurs, CEOs, and intellectuals on the intersection of business and ethics. Produced at the Wake Forest University School of Business.

At Econ Journal Watch, Uwe Reinhardt reviews Morris Kleiner: Does occupational licensing deserve our seal of approval?


Two conferences in Colombo, Sri Lanka in November 2014: the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and the International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Idea: sandefer-jeff-ufm“Education properly understood, to me, is not about telling. Education is not about having me tell you something and you regurgitate it to me. It’s about a process of discovery; it’s a process of learning, of asking questions, of making mistakes. It’s trial and error, just like entrepreneurship.” (Jeff Sandefer)

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.

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.
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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.”


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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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Previous Issues of Kaizen Weekly Review.


Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Kaizen interviewee Mary Mazzio writes an article for Time that explores whether entrepreneurs are born or made. Left: Entrepreneur Richard Branson with his mother.

Read the article here.

Interview with Mary Mazzio

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Mary Mazzio is an award-winning independent filmmaker, Olympic rower, and former law firm partner with Brown Rudnick. She received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, a law degree from Georgetown University, and studied film production at Boston University. Her company, 50 Eggs, LLC, has produced five independent films shown across the United States on television, in classrooms, and in theatres. We met with Ms. Mazzio outside of Boston, Massachusetts, to explore her thoughts on entrepreneurship and the challenges and excitement of making documentaries.

Kaizen: You’ve been a lawyer, an Olympic rower, and now a documentary filmmaker. When you were young, did you have any idea your adult life would be so varied?

Mazzio: Not at all. Although as a kid I remember always having a sort of boundless enthusiasm for whatever it was that I was doing. So I always thought that good things would happen in the end but I had no idea.


Kaizen-featured Student Khetsiwe Dlamini in the News

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Congratulations to Khetsiwe Dlamini, who was the subject of an article the Rockford Register Star this week for her leadership in the Rockford University Student Government. Khetsiwe also made her mark in Dr. Stephen Hicks’s Entrepreneurship and Ethics course, in which she gave an excellent presentation of her case study on the entrepreneur Richard Branson. Watch a short video clip from her presentation here. Additionally, Khetsiwe was featured in the April 2009 issue of Kaizen.

Read the article at the Rockford Register Star.

Richard Branson on his successes and failures

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Very entertaining: Billionaire Richard Branson talks at TED about his career, near-death experiences and what motivates him as an entrepreneur – and as a person.