Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise
Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Dr. Joe Arvai was Professor and Svare Chair in Applied Decision Research at the University of Calgary. While at the University of Calgary, he held appointments in the Department of Geography, the Institute for Public Health, the Institute for Sustainable Energy Environment and Economy, and the Haskayne School of Business. While in the Haskayne School, he directed the International Resources Industries for Sustainability Center, and was the inaugural director of the school’s Center for Corporate Sustainability. Joe is also a Senior Researcher at the Decision Science Research Institute in Eugene, OR, and an Adjunct Professor in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
He is an internationally recognized expert in the risk and decisions sciences; Dr. Arvai’s research has two main areas of emphasis: First, his research is focused on advancing our understanding of how people instinctively process information and make decisions. Second, Joe and his research group work on developing and testing decision support systems that can be used by people to improve decision quality across a wide range of environmental, social, and economic contexts.
In addition to Joe’s academic work, he is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chartered Science Advisory Board, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Environmental Change and Society. Click here for more on Professor Arvai’s research.
Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise; Education Director
University of Michigan; Graham Sustainability Institute
Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Andy also serves as Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. In his research, Andy uses organizational, network and strategic analyses to assess the implications of environmental issues for business, and has published over a dozen books and over ninety articles and book chapters on the topic. Prior to academics, Andy worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1), Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design, and the Amoco Corporation.
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Dow Chemical Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce
Professor Lyon’s current research deals with the interplay between corporate strategy and public policy, including corporate environmentalism, electric utility investment practices, natural gas contracting, innovation in the health care sector, and the introduction of competition in regulated industries. His book Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy was published by Cambridge University Press in November 2004. Professor Lyon serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Regulatory Economics, and his research has been published in such journals as the RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization.
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Kim Wolske works with external stakeholders to communicate research on climate change, and other sustainability topics, to non‐academics, including businesses, nonprofit and public organizations, and policy makers. She works to create active collaborations with practitioners in which the development and execution of research projects is carried out as a partnership. Kim completed her PhD in environmental psychology at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. She is particularly interested in investigating the drivers of resource consumption, identifying motivations that may lead people to behave in environmentally friendly ways, and evaluating different behavior change strategies and tools. Kim has served as a consultant to Opower, a firm that use insights from psychology to help utility customers reduce their energy use.
Thomas N. Gladwin
Professor Emeritus of Corporate Strategy and International Business and Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources
Professor Gladwin’s current research centers on establishing and promulgating a science of sustainable enterprise, a field that addresses relationships among ecosystems, social systems, economic systems and organizational systems. Tom is the author of over 130 articles, cases and chapters on international and environmental management and eight books including: Environment, Planning and the Multinational Corporation, Multinationals Under Fire: Lessons in the Management of Conflict, Environmental Aspects of the Activities of Transnational Corporations, Building the Sustainable Corporation: Creating Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Advantage, Stakeholder Negotiations: Exercises in Sustainable Development, and Business, Nature and Society: Towards Sustainable Enterprise (in process). Professor Gladwin was awarded the 2003 Faculty Pioneer- Lifetime Achievement award from the World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute.
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The Erb Institute Faculty Affiliates Program was established to support and expand interdisciplinary research and teaching related to Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. Faculty members from across the University, working on issues of Global Sustainable Enterprise, are invited to become Faculty Affiliates of the Erb Institute.