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Ethics Trailblazer Recognized for Career Achievements
After dedicating his distinguished career to the enhancement of business ethics, W. Michael Hoffman, Hieken Professor of Business and Professional Ethics, was recognized for his efforts with a $25,000 Mee Family Prize and medal, presented in front of a crowd of thousands at Bentley University’s convocation ceremony on August 27, 2013.
“As the founding executive director of Bentley’s Center for Business Ethics, Mike has led initiatives to promote integrity and trust in business by encouraging the establishment of ethical cultures in businesses across the globe,” said Bentley President Gloria Cordes Larson.
Over the course of his 43-year career, Hoffman has published more than 100 articles in the business ethics area and has written or edited 16 books, including Business Ethics: Readings and Cases in Corporate Morality (now in its 5th edition), Ethics Matters: How to Implement Values-Driven Management (2000) and The Ethical Edge: Tales of Organizations that Have Faced Moral Crises (1995) and has garnered significant external recognition. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, served on the board of editors of many business ethics journals, was a founding member and president of the Society for Business Ethics, and served on the advisory board of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He was also founding executive director of the Ethics Officer Association (now the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association), a member of its Board of Directors for several years, and adviser to the board until 2005.
Hoffman has consulted for numerous organizations and serves as an expert witness in litigation. He was named 2007 Humanist of the Year by The Ethical Society of Boston. Over the last four years, he received Lifetime Achievement honors from the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, the Central and East European Management Association, and the Society for Business Ethics.
“Mike’s contribution to our campus culture and commitment to integrating ethics across the curriculum has been transformative,” said President Larson, noting Business Ethics Teaching Workshops that have attracted significant attention both on and off campus. “The Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility and its related successes would not have been possible without Mike’s leadership, mentoring and guidance.”
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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