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About the Center

Business Ethics Education, Research and Thought Leadership

Mike Hoffman

Founded in 1976 by W. Michael Hoffman, PhD, who remains its Executive Director, 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 CBE is one of many innovative, campus-based centers that comprise the Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility.

Location and Hours of Operation

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 CBE's extensive business ethics library is a lending library. Books may be borrowed for up to two weeks by students and faculty; however, videos and other materials can be viewed at the center but may not be borrowed.


In pursuit of our mission, the 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.

CBE activities revolve around our three main objectives:

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

Thought Leadership -- CBE is a leading research institute in the areas of business ethics and corporate responsibility. CBE 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 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.