Cliff Hurst

Assistant Professor in Economics & Business


  • B. A., University of Virginia
  • M.B.A., University of Southern Indiana
  • M.A. & Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University


Cliff Hurst primarily teaches entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. He not only teaches entrepreneurship; he has lived it. Entrepreneurship requires both a mindset and a skillset. It involves a way of thinking and a way of acting that can bring value to any college student, studying any academic mindset.

Cliff takes a special interest in people who apply business principles to doing good in the world. These are often know as social entrepreneurs. Their companies can be for-profit, not-for-profit, or a hybrid known as benefit corporations.

Cliff’s research interest centers on a value theory known as formal axiology, developed by the late philosopher Dr. Robert S. Hartman. Hartman envisioned a coming “third stage of capitalism” in which people – in their unique individuality – are at the center of the business enterprise. Cliff’s aim is to develop that concept more fully. Cliff has recently edited three volumes of Hartman’s previously unpublished manuscripts.


Contact Info


R.W. Corns Building 210
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3980