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About the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics

Business Ethics Education, Research and Thought Leadership

Mike Hoffman

Founded in 1976 by W. Michael Hoffman, PhD, who remains its Executive Director, the Hoffman CBE is credited with being a major influence in the development and success of the business ethics movement, both in the United States and around the world. The HCBE is one of many innovative, campus-based centers that comprise the Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility.

Location and Hours of Operation

The Hoffman CBE’s suite of offices and library are located within Bentley's Adamian Academic Center. Visitors enter through our reception area in room 108.

During the academic year, our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to visit us and make use of our resources. Please note that the HCBE's extensive business ethics library is not a lending library.


In pursuit of our mission, the Hoffman Center staff applies expertise, research, education, and a collaborative approach to the dissemination of best practices. Our primary goal is to demonstrate unsurpassed leadership in advancing knowledge, stimulating public discourse, and fostering an appreciation for the importance of business ethics among a global network of executives, ethics and compliance professionals, academics, researchers, and students of business.

The Hoffman CBE activities revolve around our three main objectives:

Education -- The Hoffman CBE leads Bentley’s efforts to integrate business ethics and corporate responsibility into the graduate and undergraduate curricula. Additionally, HCBE offers programs designed for business executives and faculty members. Learn more.

Thought Leadership -- The Hoffman CBE is a leading research institute in the areas of business ethics and corporate responsibility. HCBE conducts its own research projects and collaborates on projects with partner organizations to advance knowledge and best practices. Learn more.

Collaboration and Networking -- The Ernest A. Kallman Executive Fellows Program enables the Hoffman CBE to engage the talents and experience of a select group of distinguished business and thought leaders in furthering the business ethics movement. Learn more.