W. Michael Hoffman, Ph.D, is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Since 1976, the Center has served as a research and consulting institute and an educational forum for the exchange of ideas and information in business ethics. He is also the Hieken Professor of Business and Professional Ethics at Bentley. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and has been a professor for 40 years in higher education. He has authored or edited 16 books, including Business Ethics: Readings and Cases in Corporate Morality (4th edition), The Ethical Edge, and Ethics Matters: How to Implement Values-Driven Management, and has published over 95 articles. He consults on business ethics for corporations and other organizations, and serves as an expert witness in litigation. Dr. Hoffman was co-founder and the first Executive Director of the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association and the Advisor to its board of directors for ten years. He was co-founder and President of the Society for Business Ethics, served on the advisory board of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and is frequently sought out globally for professional lectures and media interviews. Dr. Hoffman was named the 2007 Humanist of the Year by The Ethical Society of Boston, and received the 2009 Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics Award for continuing contributions in the field of ethics and compliance.
Association of Practical and Professional Ethics
European Business Ethics Network
International Society for Environmental Ethics
International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics
Italian Business Ethics Network
Society for Business Ethics
Awards and Honors
2012, Lifetime Achievement Award in the Field of Ethics and Compliance , Ethics & Compliance Officer Association
2011, Champion's Award, Central and European Management Association (CEEMAN)
2011, Lifetime Achievement Award , Society for Business Ethics
2009, Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics Award for continuing contributions in the field of ethics and compliance.
2007, Humanist of the Year Award
2005, Hieken Professor of Business and Professional Ethics, 2005 to present
1989, The Bentley College Award for Excellence in Research
Hoffman, W., Rowe, M. Reinventing the Corporate Ethics Officer: A Strategy for Superior Governance and Integrity. Notizie di Politeia, XXIV, #89 (#89, 2008).
Hoffman, W., Guillen, M., Ferrero, I. The Neglected Ethical and Spiritual Motivations. Journal of Business Ethics.
Hoffman, W., McNulty, R. E. (2012). Transforming Faith in Corporate Capitalism through Business Ethics. Journal of Business Spirituality and Religion , 9 (3).
Hoffman, W., Schwartz, M., Cragg, W. (2012). An Ethical Approach to Crisis Management. "IESE Insight" (15).
Hoffman, W., McNulty, R. E., Banon Gomis, A. J., Guillen Parra, M. (2011). Rethinking the Concept of Sustainability. Business and Society Review.
Hoffman, W. (2010). Repositioning the Corporate Ethics Officer. Business Ethics Quartley, 20 (4).
Hoffman, W., McNulty, R. E. (2009). International Business, Human Rights and Moral Complicity: A Call for a Covenant on the Universal Rights and Duties of Business. Business and Society Review.
Hoffman, W., Driscoll, D. (2009). Why Ethics Matter: A business without values is a business at risk. Transaction Trends.
Hoffman, W., Neill, J. D., Stovall, O. S. (2008). Mutual Fund Compliance Officer Independence and Corporate Governance. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 16 (1, Jan., 2008).
Hoffman, W., Neill, J. D., Stovall, O. S. (2008). An Investigation of Ethics Officer Independence. Journal of Business Ethics, 78 (No 1-2, March, 2008).
Christensen, L. J., Peirce, E., Hartman, L. P., Hoffman, W., Carrier, J. (2007). Ethics, CSR, and Sustainability Education in the Financial TimesTop 50 Global Business Schools: Baseline Data and Future Research Directions. Journal of Business Ethics (73, July 2007), 347 - 368.
Hoffman, W., McNulty, R. E. (2007). When in Rome, Behave as the Romans? European Business Forum, Fall, 2007.
Hoffman, W., Rowe, M. (2007). The Ethics Officer as Agent of the Board: Leveraging Ethical Governance Capability in the Post-Enron Corporation. Business and Society Review, 112:4 (Winter, 2007).
Hoffman, W., Rowe, M. (2007). The Ethics Officer and the Board: Partners for Effective Ethical Governance. Ethikos, 21 (#2, September/October, 2007), 8,9, 10 & 15, 16.
Frederick, R. E., Hoffman, W. (1989). Business Ethics in the Curriculum. International Journal of Value Based Management, 2 (1).
Frederick, R. E., Hoffman, W. (1986). Corporate Moral Responsibility. Journal of Thought.
Frederick, R. E, Hoffman, W, Schwartz, M. S. (2014). Business Ethics: readings and cases in corporate morality (5th edition ed.).
Hoffman, W, Frederick, R. E, Schwartz, M. S. (2001). Business Ethics Readings and Cases in Corporate Morality Fourth Edition.
New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
Frederick, R. E, Hoffman, W, Schwartz, M. (2000). Business Ethics: Readings and Cases in Corporate Moral Responsibility (4th edition ed.).
New Jersey: McGraw-Hill.
Hoffman, W, Driscoll, D. (1999). Ethics Matters How to Implement Values-Driven Management.
Waltham, MA 02452: Center for Business Ethics.
Hoffman, W, Driscoll, D, Petry, E. S. (1995). The Ethical Edge Tales of Organizations That Have Faced Moral Crises.
New York, NY: MasterMedia Limited.
Hoffman, W, Brinkmann, J, Risk, A. A. Risk.
Encyclopedia of Management, 2nd edition
Hoffman, W, McNulty, R. E. (2011). A Business Ethics Theory of Whistleblowing: Responding to the $1 Trillion Question.
In Defense of Proper Action: The Whistle-blowing. Transaction Publisher
Hoffman, W, Goessling, T. (2011). Ethics Officers.
Handbuch der Wirtschaftsethic
Hoffman, W, McNulty, R. E. (2011). Can Corporate Capitalism be Redeemed? Business Ethics and the Search for a Renewed Faith in Work.
In Helmut Wautischer, Alan M. Olson, and Gregory J. Walters (Eds.), Philosophical Faith and the Future of Humanity. Springer
Hoffman, W, McNulty, R. E. (2009). Business Ethics Perspectives on International Negotiations.
The ABA Guide to International Business Negotiations. Chicago, IL: . American Bar Association
Committee Member for Ethics Committee - Present
Advisory Council for Healthacare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative, 2010