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CEEMAN to Present Champion Award for Responsible Management Education to W. Michael Hoffman, Founding Executive Director of the Bentley University Center for Business Ethics

September 13, 2011

The Central and Eastern European Management Association (CEEMAN) has selected W. Michael Hoffman, founding executive director of the Bentley University Center for Business Ethics, to receive a Champion Award for outstanding achievement in fostering responsible management education. The award will be presented at CEEMAN’s annual conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, September 21 to 24.

“I am greatly honored to receive an award from such a prestigious international association as CEEMAN for work on which I have devoted a significant part of my life,” Hoffman says. “In 1975, I applied for and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the United States to begin research on and teaching of business ethics at Bentley, and that passion and effort continues to drive me today.”

According to CEEMAN, the Responsible Management Education Award is given for any of, or a combination of the following: 

  • Contribution to institutional progress in implementing principles for responsible management education (PRME) and achieving PRME objectives by instilling the purpose and values of global social responsibility, adapting curricula, teaching methodologies and processes, conducting conceptual and empirical  research, and developing educational materials, concepts and frameworks to embed corporate responsibility and sustainability into the mainstream of the institution’s business-related education.
  • Facilitation and support to a dialogue among management educators, businesses, government, consumers, media, civic society organizations and other learning partners on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability, and building partnerships and alliances aimed at more effective responding to the related challenges.

“As the founding executive director of Bentley’s Center for Business Ethics, Mike has consistently been at the vanguard of the field of business ethics,” says Bentley President Gloria Cordes Larson. “His work has been the cornerstone of Bentley’s work in business ethics, and a central part of who we are as an institution.”

“I can think of no more pressing need in management and business education, especially today, than to develop strategies for the appropriate integration of ethics and corporate responsibility into the business curriculum,” Hoffman adds. “This is what we have done and continue to do, not only at Bentley, but also with faculty at universities throughout the world.”

Hoffman has been founding executive director of the Center for Business Ethics for more than 35 years. He also co-founded the Society for Business Ethics 31 years ago and is the founding executive director of the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association in the U.S.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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