Imagine a future where every student of innovation & entrepreneurship is equipped to brave ethical complexity
STVP’s PEAK (Principled Entrepreneurship: Action & Knowledge) project elevates applied ethics in entrepreneurship. We produce world-class teaching materials and research that empower students and enterprises to adopt effective values and principles. This vital work at Stanford University is a collaboration with Duke University and the University of St. Thomas.
The PEAK Approach
The PEAK project sets a new standard for entrepreneurship education and research by placing applied-ethics at the core. The PEAK approach:
- Decision-making: Teach entrepreneurs to navigate real-world scenarios with principles and values.
- Competitive strategy: Make principled entrepreneurship core and authentic in all ventures.
- Purpose: Inspire and empower engineers and technologists to build and scale responsible technologies.
- Impact: Encourage mission-driven enterprises that embrace non-financial as well as financial KPIs.
Entrepreneurs shape every aspect of our lives. The effects of breakthrough technologies and disruptive enterprises cut across industries, institutions and academic disciplines. Traditionally, entrepreneurship education and research has made ethics an afterthought, at best. The next generation requires a robust toolkit for creating and scaling technology solutions.
Watch the Playlist 4 Videos on Applied Ethics
Join us in propelling a new era of entrepreneurship education and research! We aim to:
- Help entrepreneurially-minded students develop their own principles and values.
- Research the link between principles and company performance.
- Become a beacon of principled entrepreneurship.
Join the Effort
There are many ways to help as an educator, institution or student.
PEAK Fellows is an opportunity for Stanford undergraduate and co-term students to explore what it means to develop guiding values and principles in the context of entrepreneurial businesses. It will place students who are working in technology ventures into cohorts of eight fellow students. Through readings and bi-weekly meetings, each student will define a set of principles that resonates with them. These principles will be designed to guide fellows in the future as they shape teams and seek to align their career decisions with their values. PEAK Fellows will come away with a heightened understanding of their own values, a close-knit community of peers, and the tools necessary to brave ethical dilemmas in the future.
Selected Courses from Stanford
BIOE 131Instructor(s): Russ Altman, David Christopher Magnus
ENGR 148Instructor(s): Jack Fuchs
BIOE 177Instructor(s): Drew Endy, Tina Seelig, Lisa K Solomon
CS 181Instructor(s): Allison Berke, Keith Winstein
MS&E 188Instructor(s): Pamela Hinds
EARTHSYS 213Instructor(s): Chris Field, Brian Sharbono, Steve Weinstein
PUBLPOL 234Instructor(s): Susan Liautaud
MS&E 234Instructor(s): Johan Ugander
ENGR 248Instructor(s): Jack Fuchs
MS&E 254Instructor(s): Dale Nesbitt
OB 363Instructor(s): Charles O'Reilly, Joel C. Peterson
MS&E 472Instructor(s): Ravi Belani, Tom Byers, Emily Ma
GSBGEN 566Instructor(s): Mark Leslie, Peter Levine
Selected Courses from Other Schools
St. ThomasInstructor(s): John McVea, James Ebben, Alec Johnson, Casey Frid
St. ThomasInstructor(s): Stefanie Phythian, Mary Maloney, Kimberli Ishaug, Kristine Rauenhorst, James Shovein
DukeInstructor(s): Aaron Dinin
DukeInstructor(s): Aaron Dinin
|Materials That We Use in Our Courses|
|Stanford eCorner||Stanford Innovation Lab: The Entrepreneurship & Ethics Podcast|
|Stanford eCorner||Article: Entrepreneurship & Ethics|
|Stanford eCorner||Podcast: Infusing Decisions with Principles|
|Stanford Engineering||The Future of Everything Podcast: Riitta Katila: How diversity drives innovation|
|Stanford eCorner||Video: Tristan Harris on Making Technology Less Manipulative|
|AOM Insights||Facing an Ethical Dilemma? Try This Approach|
|Stanford Insights||Are You an Ethical Leader?|
|Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship||Making the Ethical Decision|
|Applied Ethics Projects|
|Stanford Ethics, Society and Technology Hub, a presidential initiative at Stanford University|
|Center for Engineering Ethics and Society, a project of the National Academy of Engineering|
|Ethics Unwrapped, a project from McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin|
|Ethics in Entrepreneurship, non-profit founded by the Theranos whistleblowers|
|National Ethics Project, a project from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University|
|Technology Ethics, a key focus area at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University|
|DEIS and Black Technology Ecosystem Investment Certificates, a collaboration between the UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Entrepreneurship Center, OHUB and the 100 Black Angels and Allies Fund|
|Applied Ethics Research|
|Technology and Innovation Management||Panel Discussion: Responsible and Ethical Innovation|
Listen to The Podcast Stanford Innovation Lab: Entrepreneurship & Ethics
Watch the Playlist 8 Videos for Educators To Use In Courses