Faculty

Andrew J. Hoffman

Director
Holcim (U.S.) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise

Professor Hoffman’s research lies in the areas of institutional change, organizational culture and corporate strategies as they relate to environmental and social issues. He has published over seventy articles and seven books on these topics. His books include: Climate Change, What’s Your Business Strategy?, Carbon Strategies: How Leading Corporations are Reducing their Climate Change Footprint, Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate , Organizations, Policy & the Natural Environment; From Heresy to Dogma: An Institutional History of Corporate Environmentalism; Competitive Environmental Strategy: A Guide to the Changing Landscape and; Global Climate Change: A Senior-Level Dialogue. His book, From Heresy to Dogma, was awarded the 2001 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science. Professor Hoffman was awarded the 2003 Faculty Pioneer- Rising Star award from the World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, awarded jointly by the Sloan School of Management and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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Thomas P. Lyon

Associate Director of Research
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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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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Faculty Affiliates

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.

 

Peter Adriaens

Professor, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
College of Engineering; School of Natural Resources & Environment

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Peter's research and teaching interests involve fundamental and applied environmental microbiology in natural and engineered systems, with emphasis on biodegradation, bioremediation, and microbial sensing and control in sustainable aqueous fluids. His professional objectives are in the area of environmental technology transfer, diffusion and commercialization in areas of national and international need. Click here for more on Professor Adriaen's research

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Arun Agrawal

Associate Professor of Natural Resources & Environment
School of Natural Resources & Environment

SNRE, Marie DurhamProfessor Agrawal's research and teaching emphases are on the politics of international development, institutional change and environmental conservation. He has written extensively on 1) indigenous knowledge, 2) community-based conservation, 3) common property, 4) population and resources, and 5) environmental identities. Recent interests include the decentralization of environmental policy (especially forestry and wildlife), and the emergence of environment as a subject of human concern. Geographical focus on South Asia although recent projects include other developing countries in Africa and Latin America. Click here for more on Professor Agrawal's research

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Ravi M. Anupindi

Associate Professor of Operations and Management Science
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

raviAnupindiRavi Anupindi is the Program Director for the Master of Supply Chain Management Program, Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow and an Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Previously, he taught at the Stern School of Business, New York University and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. He teaches Operations Management (core) and elective courses in Supply Chain Management and Strategic Sourcing. He also teaches in several executive education programs and is director of the Leadership in Plant Operations program for executives. Click here for more on Professor Anupindi's research

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Gerald Davis

Sparks Whirlpool Corporation Research Professor, Management and Organizations
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Gerald_DavisCrpProfessor Davis's research examines the influence of politics and social networks on corporate governance.  His work appears in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organization Science, Research in Organization Behavior, Strategic Organization, and elsewhere. Click here for more on Professor Davis's research

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John DeCicco

Senior Lecturer
School of Natural Resources and Environment

DeCiccoCrpDr. DeCicco's research in the area of sustainable mobility seeks to further public understanding of transportation systems and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including the interlinked decision-making structures (involving both private markets and public policies) that underpin energy demand and GHG emissions in the sector. The work entails technology assessment, engineering studies, policy analysis, and evaluation of the broader societal impacts of transportation systems. A key objective is to inform the development of programs and policies to address the impacts of transportation energy use, particularly climate change and energy security, and identify strategies for overcoming barriers to adoption of technology solutions for vehicles, fuels and related infrastructures as needed for a rapid but economically feasible transition to sustainable, climate-protective systems. Click here for more on Professor DeCicco's research

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Jane E. Dutton

William Russell Kelly Professor, Management and Organizations
Stephen M. Ross School of Business; Department of Psychology

Dutton,-JaneJane Dutton's research is focused on how organizational conditions enable human thriving. In particular, she focuses on how the quality of connection between people at work affects individual and organizational flourishing. Her research has explored compassion and organizations, resilience and organizations, as well as energy and organizations. This research stream is part of a growing domain of expertise at the University of Michigan called Positive Organizational Scholarship. Her past research has explored processes of organizational adaptation, focusing on how strategic issues are interpreted and managed in organizations, as well as issues of organizational identity and change. Click here for more on Professor Dutton's research

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Paul N. Edwards

Professor of Information and History
School of Information, Department of History

Paul N. Edwards  focuses on the history, politics, and culture of information technologies and infrastructures. He is the author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010), a history of the meteorological information infrastructure, and The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (MIT Press, 1996), a study of the mutual shaping of computers, military culture, and the psychological sciences from 1945-1990. He is also co-editor of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (MIT Press, 2001) and Changing Life: Genomes, Ecologies, Bodies, Commodities (University of Minnesota Press, 1997), as well as numerous articles. Before joining the University of Michigan, Edwards taught at Stanford University and Cornell University. He has held visiting positions at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands; the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa; and the University of Melbourne. Edwards has been a Carnegie Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow. His current research concerns the social dynamics of monitoring, modeling, and memory in large scientific cyberinfrastructures, as well as further work on the history of meteorology and other large-scale information infrastructures. Click here for more on Professor Edwards's research.  

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Jessica Fogel

Professor of Dance
School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Jessica Fogel's choreography has been produced in NYC, throughout the United States, and internationally since 1974. She spent a decade in NYC as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, and was artistic director of Jessica Fogel and Dancers from 1978-1982. During that time, she danced with several companies including Dances/Janet Soares, Phoebe Neville Dance Company, Hannah Kahn, Dalienne Majors and Dancers, and Andrew DeGroat and Dancers. Fogel joined the University of Michigan Department of Dance in 1985, where she is a professor of dance and artistic director of Ann Arbor Dance Works, the resident professional dance company of the University of Michigan. She also choreographs regularly for the University of Michigan Dance Company. She has performed, choreographed, and taught in Japan, Costa Rica, England, Greece, Ireland, Canada, and Mexico. Fogel's multi-layered dances feature unique collaborations, often merging movement, text, music and digital projections. Sources of inspiration for her choreography are wide-ranging, including particle physics, astronomical research, visual art, poetry, and literature. A revived interest has been the creation of large-scale site dances, the latest of which took place along a four-block route in downtown Ann Arbor, celebrating the layered histories of buildings and sites, and the hopes for a greenway connecting the downtown to outlying neighborhoods. She has developed several projects that address ways the arts can provide stewardship for the environment, drawing inspiration from the stories embedded in rural and urban landscapes. Recent commissions include site works in Kyoto, Japan and in the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Her dances have been commissioned and produced by Dance Theater Workshop, the Riverside Dance Festival, the Lincoln Center Touring Program, The Yard, Harbinger Dance Company, Park Avenue Dance Company, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, U-M Museum of Art, and the Toledo Museum of Art. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, ArtServe Michigan, the Cultural Council Foundation of New York, and numerous sources within the University of Michigan. Click here for more information on Jessica Fogel,

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Michael D. Gordon

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Business and Information Technology
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Michael-GordonMichael D. Gordon's research interests are in the areas of effective retrieval and use of information, the application of technology and social conventions to support learning and teaching, and the relationship between information technology and social responsibility. Currently, he is studying how to support a group's ability to contribute, structure, and access a common knowledge base in a ways that support deeper and fuller use of its contents. In his role as Associate Dean of Information Technology, he is supporting and studying educational experiments conducted by the faculty aimed at improving learning and teaching. He is also exploring the relationship between information technology and socially responsible business in areas including: poverty, health, education, and the environment. Click here for more on Professor Gordon's research

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Stuart L. Hart

S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise; Professor of Management
Cornell University, Johnson School of Management

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Professor Hart is one of the world's top authorities on the implications of sustainable development and environmentalism for business strategy. Before coming to the Johnson School, he taught strategic management and founded both the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP) at the University of Michigan. He has consulted or served as management educator for many corporations and organizations throughout the world. Click here for more on Professor Hart's research

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Kim Hayes

Professor and Program Director

hayes-kimProfessor Hayes' research interests include surface and colloidal chemistry, environmental chemistry and engineering, green chemistry and engineering principles, and nanotechnology and sustainable engineering approaches for solving environmental problems. Much of his research focuses on the impact of surface and interfacial properties on transport and transformation processes of environmental contaminants. Click here for more on Professor Hayes's research

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David Hess

Assistant Professor of Business Law
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

David_HessProfessor Hess conducts research in the general areas of organizational governance and corporate social responsibility. His research has focused on controlling corruption and bribery in international business, the strategic impact of corporate community investment programs, the governance of public pension funds in the United States and in developing countries, and corporate social accounting, auditing, and reporting. Click here for more on Professor Hess's research

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Jeremiah Johnson

Assistant Research Scientist
School of Natural Resources & Environment and the Center for Sustainable Systems

Dr. Johnson’s research employs systems approaches to assess the environmental impacts of variable renewable energy grid integration and large scale energy storage.  Other areas of investigation include developing methods for more informed generation resource planning, forecasting material use impacts stemming from changing generation portfolios, and the development of anthropogenic material cycles.  Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Jeremiah worked as an energy consultant advising electric utilities on renewable and environmental strategy. Click here for more information on Jeremiah Johnson, Ph.D.

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Victoria Johnson

Associate Professor of Organizational Studies
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

In recent research, Dr. Johnson has investigated the rise of sustainability initiatives at contemporary American botanical gardens and how they are changing the mission and goals of these environmental organizations.  She is currently working on a book on the first botanical garden in the United States.

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Olivier Jolliet

Associate Professor, Risk Science and Communication
School of Public Health

ojollietProfessor Jolliet's research and teaching programs aim to assess environmental risks and impacts of chemicals and of innovative technologies. He co-initiated the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program)/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and is the scientific manager of its Life Cycle Impact Assessment program. He is editor and reviewer for several scientific journals. Click here for more on Professor Jolliet's research

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Aneel Karnani

Associate Professor, Strategy
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Aneel KarnaniAneel G. Karnani's research interests are focused on the basic question in strategic management: Why do firms succeed? This involves understanding the structure of industries (the rules of the game) and the sources of sustainable competitive advantage (how to be a good player). He studies how firms can leverage existing competitive advantages and create new ones to achieve rapid growth. He is also interested in global competition, particularly in the context of emerging economies. He studies both how local companies can compete against large multinational firms, and how multinational firms can succeed in these unfamiliar markets. Click here for more on Professor Karnani's research

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Gautam Kaul

John C. and Sally S. Morley Professor of Finance
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Guatam-KaulGautam's emerging research explores how economic and financial frameworks can help us understand and deal with unique issues faced by a sustainable business. Continuing research has focused on the behavior of stock and bond prices in the US and other developed countries. His specific interests include asset pricing models, market microstructure, and the time-series behavior of stock prices. Click here for more on Professor Kaul's research

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Ryan Kellogg

Assistant Professor of Economics
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

rkelloggWb_8040Ryan Kellogg’s research examines a variety of topics in energy economics, ranging from the behavior of firms in the oil and gas industry to the effectiveness of environmental regulations. Current projects include an evaluation of how repeated contracting improves the productivity of oil and gas drilling, and an investigation of the extent to which gasoline content regulations have led to reductions in ground-level ozone. Ryan teaches undergraduate and graduate industrial organization in the Department of Economics. He received bachelor’s degrees in economics and chemical engineering from Rice University and his PhD in environmental and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Click here for more on Professor Kellogg's research

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Gregory A. Keoleian

Associate Professor of Sustainable Systems
School of Natural Resources and Environment

Gregory_KeoleianGreg's research addresses the application of systems-oriented approaches to environmental assessment and management. Major research areas under investigation are life cycle design, life cycle assessment, and industrial ecology. Current research seeks to guide and enhance environmental decision making through effective metrics, identification and analysis of key stakeholder requirements, and selection of resource conservation and pollution prevention strategies. The overall goal is to develop products and services that are both economically and ecologically sustainable. Click here for more on Professor Keoleian's research

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Trish Koman

Environmental Health Sciences and Office of Public Health Practice
School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Trish Koman brings extensive experience from federal environmental policy making world to her research, which involves connecting public health protection to our every day interactions with the environment – whether through our work, schools, transportation systems, or land.  For her dissertation research, Trish is exploring theoretical frameworks for designating at-risk vulnerable populations related to air pollution and climate change. Click here for more information on Trish Koman

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Kai-Uwe Kühn

Associate Professor of Economics
College of Literature, Science and the Arts

Kai-Uwe-Kuhn-wbProfessor Kühn’s research and teaching interests include industrial organization, experimental economics,  environmental and natural resource economics, and microeconomic theory. His primary research is in industrial organization and competition policy with a focus in recent years on the issue of collusion, in particular experimental work on the impact of communication on cooperation and collusion. He is currently involved in theoretical and empirical research on the functioning of electricity markets and experimental work on the impact of carbon offsets and the environmental certification of products on consumer behavior. Professor Kühn  is a CEPR Research Fellow and  Editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics. Click here for more on Professor Kuhn's research

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William N. Lanen

Michael and Joan Sakkinen Accounting Scholar & Professor of Accounting
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

William_LanenBill studies the development and use of accounting and performance measurement systems including systems in transitional economies and systems for environmental performance.  He also works on the analysis of financial disclosure issues and methodological issues in accounting research. Click here for more on Professor Lanen's research

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Linda Y.C. Lim

Professor of Corporate Strategy and International Business
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Linda_LimLinda Y.C. Lim's research focuses on the political economy of multinational and local business in Southeast Asia, including the changing international trade and investment environment, and the influence of domestic politics, economic policy and culture on business structure, strategy and operations. She also has related interests in business-government and business-labor relations. Her recent publications have been on the Asian financial crisis, globalization, and corruption in Southeast Asia, and her current research is on (1) the limits of industrial policy and the "developmental state" in Singapore, and (2) internet entrepreneurs as agents of social change in Southeast Asia. Click here for more on Professor Lim's research

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Ted London

Adjunct Professor of Business Administration
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Ted-LondonProfessor London’s research focuses on strategic growth and change, including capability development for emerging markets and cross-sector alliances between corporations and non-profit organizations. He currently is exploring how multinational corporations and other organizations can build the capability to enter fundamentally new markets, particularly those at the base of the economic pyramid (BOP). Click here for more on Professor London's research

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Arthur Lupia

Collegiate Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science

arthur_lupiaArthur Lupia conducts research on topics relevant to politics and policy including voting, elections, persuasion, opinion change, civic education, coalition governance, legislative-bureaucratic relationships and decision-making under uncertainty. His books, articles and editorials address these topics by integrating insights from his interactions with mass and elite decision makers with tools and concepts from cognitive science, economics, political science, and psychology. Click here for more on Professor Lupia's research

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Andrew Maynard

Director, Risk Management Center
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Professor Maynard's work focuses on the responsible development and use of emerging technologies, and on innovative approaches to addressing emergent risks.  He has testified on a number of occasions before congressional committees on nanotechnology, served on National Academy panels and other advisory boards, and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies.  Widely published in the academic literature, Professor Maynard is also well known for engaging with with non-expert audiences through old and new media. His current interests include exploring how integrative approaches to risk can support sustainable development in an increasingly complex, interconnected and resource-constrained world. Click here for more on Professor Maynard's research.

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Shaun McRae

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics

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Shaun McRae's research is at the intersection of industrial organization, energy economics, and development economics. In his research, he studies the effect of unreliable electricity supply on low-income households, and how government policies influence investment in electricity distribution networks in Latin America. He also investigates the extent to which firms exercise market power in wholesale and retail electricity markets. Click here for more on Professor McRae's research

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Nigel P. Melville

Associate Professor of Business Information Technology

Melville, Nigel smallerProfessor Melville's research examines questions related to how organizations generate value with information systems, in particular, how information systems can impact environmental sustainability performance. His research has been published in leading journals such as MIS QuarterlyInformation Systems ResearchJournal of Industrial EcologyJournal of Management Information SystemsDecision Support Systems, and Information Systems Journal Click here for more on Professor Melville's research

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Carol C. Menassa

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Carol C. Menassa is an Assistant Professor and John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan (UM). Prior to joining the faculty at UM, she was the M.A. Mortenson Company Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Wisconsin – Madison for four years. She received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and MS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and her MS and BE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Click here for more on Professor Menassa's research

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Shelie Miller

Assistant Professor
School of Natural Resources and Environment

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Dr. Miller's research interests center around the life cycle impacts of energy.  Recent work focuses on the non-carbon aspects of biofuels, such as disruptions to the nitrogen cycle and changes in land use. Click here for more on Professor Miller's research

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Michael R. Moore

Associate Professor of Environmental Economics
School of Natural Resources and Environment

Michael-MooreCrpProfessor Moore's research interests include analysis of federal water policy and water allocation conflicts between environmental and consumptive uses of river systems; economic aspects of biodiversity and species conservation; and economics of environmental markets, including markets for green products (such as green electricity) and markets for pollution permits (such as the federal SO2 allowance market). Click here for more on Professor Moore's research

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Josh Newell

Assistant Professor
School of Natural Resources and Environment

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Professor Newell's research grapples with how to define, measure, model, and assess urban sustainability, particularly from the context of resource consumption.  This research emphasis stems from the conviction that to mitigate (and adapt to) climate change and to address global ecological crises, we need to fundamentally reshape and redesign our urban areas--where more than half of the world’s population already lives, works, and consumes. He will teach courses on integrated assessment, sustainable cities and communities, and sustainability science and society Click here for more on Professor Newell's research

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Christie Nordhielm

Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Nordhielm,Christie_7280Nordhielm is a recognized marketing consultant and trainer, and has worked for a variety of multinational organizations. She has recently worked with American Express, W.J. Wrigley, Sprint, and Jim Beam Brands Worldwide. She has also consulted for a variety of domestic and mid-sized companies. In addition to her consulting work, Nordhielm lectures extensively both domestically and abroad. Nordhielm's expertise on a variety of marketing issues is often sought by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Business Week and other print and television media outlets. Click here for more on Professor Nordhielm's research

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Lynda J. Oswald

Professor of Business Law
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Lynda-OswaldLynda J. Oswald's research focuses on intellectual and real property law issues, including environmental liability issues and land use law. She has served as the Louis and Myrtle Moskowitz Research Professor of Law and Business and and as a Contributing Editor to the Real Estate Law Journal. She is currently the Editor of the Michigan Real Property Review. Professor Oswald has received numerous awards for her research, including the Hoeber Memorial Award and the Holmes-Cardozo Award for Research Excellence from the American Business Law Journal. Her work has been cited by numerous courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court in United States vs. Bestfoods. She is the author of a book entitled The Law of Marketing (West 2002). Professor Oswald is also the President of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Click here for more on Professor Oswald's research

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Scott Page

Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics
Department of Political Science; Department of Economics

Scott-pageScott studies complex adaptive social systems with particular interests in the implications of diversity and complexity on institutional performance and design. Scott’s current projects include research on diverse problem solvers, cultural diversity, path dependence, chain stores, public policy formation, public good provision, and mental model aggregation. Scott is currently finishing two book manuscripts: one on the logic of diversity and the second on complex systems. He is a principal investigator on several research projects including an NSF IGERT Grant, an NSF bio-complexity grant, a McDonnell Foundation research grant an Air Force MURI grant and an NSF human and social dynamics grant. Click here for more on Professor Page's research

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Luis A. Perez-Batres

Associate Professor of Business and Jerry and Felicia Campbell Research Fellow
Central Michigan University’s College of Business

Associate Professor Luis A. Perez-Batres is a Jerry and Felicia Campbell Research Fellow at Central Michigan University’s College of Business. Dr. Perez (Luis) is spending his sabbatical at the Erb’s Institute during Fall/2013. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management and International Business from Texas A&M University (Eden and Hitt, co-advisors), an MS in Finance from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and a BS in Accounting (Summa Cum Laude) from ITESM-CL (“Monterrey Tech,” Campus Laguna). Luis’ research rests at the interplay of international strategy and corporate responsibility/sustainability. His research has included the geographical areas of Latin America, Western Europe and North America. Recent studies on these relationships, and geographical areas, appeared at Journal of Business Ethics, Management International Review, Journal of Cleaner Production, among others. Luis also reviews for several academic journals; he was recently named to the editorial board of Journal of World Business, a leading journal in the IB field. Click here for more information on Professor Perez-Batres

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Thomas E. Princen

Associate Professor of International Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
School of Natural Resources and Environment

Thomas-PrincenProfessor Princen's research interests include ecological and social sustainability, overconsumption, sufficiency, ecological economy, and institutional design. Click here for more on Professor Princen's research

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Barry Rabe

Professor of Environmental Policy
School of Natural Resources and Environment; Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Barry-RabeRabe’s research examines intergovernmental relations in a number of areas of environmental and energy policy both in the United States and Canada. Current work includes comparison of climate policy in the U.S. and other multi-level governance systems, the bottom-up development of renewable energy policy, and a comparative analysis of high-level nuclear waste disposal. Click here for more on Professor Rabe's research

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John Romani

Professor Emeritus of Public Health Administration and Faculty Associate, PiTE
School of Public Health

jhromaniDr. Romani is a political scientist with appointments as Professor Emeritus of Public Health Administration and Faculty Associate in the Program in the Environment.  Previously at Michigan he was Associate Dean of the School of Public Health, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Health Planning and Administration.  He has also been on the faculties of the University of New Hampshire, Western Michigan University, University of Pittsburgh and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was Vice-Chancellor. For the past ten years he has been actively involved in research in South Africa with a focus on environmental issues.  Preliminary findings from a current study of differences in recycling behavior between the African and non-African urban populations suggest that the low level of recycling, especially among urban Africans, may be related to experiences of that population group during the apartheid period. Click here for more on Professor Romani's research

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Stephen Salant

Professor
Department of Economics

s-salantCrpProfessor Salant is an applied microtheorist with specialization in the fields of industrial organization and natural resource economics. Among the subjects he has addressed in his research are: the appropriate interpretation of government statistics on the duration of unemployment, the effects of anticipated and actual government policies on the price of gold, the cause of speculative attacks on government bufferstocks, the future behavior of OPEC, the design of a self-enforcing international agreements among oil-consuming nations, the effects of treble-damage penalties on price-fixing behavior, and the economic decisions of organizations (agricultural marketing boards, cartels, international commodity organizations, prorationing boards, etc.) which select quantity restrictions by voting processes. Click here for more on Professor Salant's research

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Donald Scavia

Professor
School of Natural Resources and Environment

scaviaProfessor Scavia's Research interests include the effects of natural and anthropogenic stresses on Great Lakes and marine ecosystems, with a focus on the use of models and integrated assessments in transferring knowledge to the decision-making process. Teaching interests include the roles of conveying uncertainty, peer review, stakeholder input, interpreting trends, prediction, scale, and government interaction in developing and applying Integrated Scientific Assessments. Click here for more on Professor Scavia's research

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Cindy A. Schipani

Professor of Business Law
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

schipaniCindy A. Schipani's primary research interests are in the area of corporate governance, with a focus on the relationship among directors, officers, shareholders and other stakeholders. Her research has included analysis of directors' duties utilizing tools of financial economics, consideration of specific issues confronting directors of financial institutions, analysis of the corporate fiduciary duties of care and loyalty, issues of liability for environmental violations and ethical links between corporate governance and sustainable peace. She has served as the Louis and Myrtle Moskowitz Research Professor in Law and Business and as Co-director of the University of Michigan Business School Corporate Governance Project sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Professor Schipani has received a number of invitations to present her research nationally and internationally. She has also received numerous awards for her research, including the Academy of Legal Studies in Business National Award for Excellence and its Holmes-Cardozo Research Award. Click here for more on Professor Schipani's research

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Johannes Schwank

Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

schwankJohannes Schwank is full professor of chemical engineering and director of the Transportation Energy Center. His main research interests are heterogeneous catalysis with special emphasis on advanced transportation energy concepts, fuel processing for fuel cells, automotive emission control catalysis, and microelectronic thin film gas sensors. He is the author of more than 140 publications, holds seven US patents, and has an international consulting practice. He teaches courses on the science and engineering of fuel cells and fuel processors for industry, NASA, and other organizations. Click here for more on Professor Schwank's research

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Jeremy Semrau

Associate Professor
College of Engineering; School of Natural Resources & Environment

semrau-jeremyProfessor Semrau's research interests include Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Education. His general research goa isl to enhance understanding of in situ microbial diversity and activity by developing new biochemical and molecular techniques to better monitor in situ microbial communities. With more accurate information generated from these tools, bioremediation strategies can be enhanced by helping identify what parameters affect the viability and success of in situ bioremediation. This work is inherently interdisciplinary and requires a great degree of interaction with colleagues in hydraulics, geostatistics, aquatic chemistry, and surface chemistry to develop new solutions to persistent problems. Click here for more on Professor Semrau's research

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Steven J. Skerlos

Associate Professor
College of Engineering

skerlos-webSteve Skerlos is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  He researches and teaches environmental systems analysis, eco-design, technology policy and eco-manufacturing. Click here for more on Professor Skerlos's research

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Sara Soderstrom

Assistant Professor
Organizational Studies and Program in the Environment

In her work, Sara develops an organizational politics approach to corporate sustainability. Thus, she studies how individuals within organizations mobilize others, develop coalitions, and access key decision makers when they are trying to implement sustainability initiatives. Further, she studies individual and organizational responses to the ambiguity and uncertainty that surrounds sustainability, such as making sense of emergent issues, prioritizing and agenda setting, and balancing multiple goals. This requires a keen attention to multiple levels of analysis: how micro-level actions aggregate into macro-level outcomes and how pluralistic institutional pressures influence organizational reactions to sustainability issues. To address these multi-level questions, her dissertation and current research draws on multiple theoretical areas, including social movements, social influence, institutions, and networks. Empirically, she uses multiple methods – qualitative, quantitative and simulation. Sara completed her PhD at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Her dissertation, “Processes of Agenda Change in Organizations” received the 2011 Academy of Management, Organizations and the Natural Environment Division Best Dissertation Award. Sara worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company serving retail and financial services organizations and led a business transformation team in post-merger activities at The Auto Club Group, a AAA umbrella organization. She holds MSE degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.   Click Here for additional research information.

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Gretchen M. Spreitzer

Professor of Management and Organizations
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Spreitzerhighres-4Gretchen M. Spreitzer's research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within a context of organizational change and decline. Her most recent work is looking at positive deviance and how organizations enable employees to flourish. This work fits within a larger effort at Michigan's Business School to develop a Scholarship of Positive Organizing that is dedicated to understanding how work organizations contribute to the development of human strengths and virtues. Click here for more on Professor Spreitzer's research

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F. Brian Talbot

David B. Hermelin Professor, Operations and Management Science
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

F.Brian.talbotBrian Talbot's currenarch focuses on investigating issues in industrial ecology, and manufacturing and supply chain strategy. Click here for more on Professor Talbot's research

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David M. Uhlmann

Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice; Director
Law School; Environmental Law and Policy Program

duhlmannProfessor Uhlmann's research, writing, and advocacy interests include criminal and civil enforcement of environmental laws, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act jurisprudence, international environmental treaties, and efforts to address global climate change. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Uhlmann served for 17 years at the United States Department of Justice, the last seven years as Chief of the Environmental Crimes Section, where he was the top environmental crimes prosecutor in the United States. Click here for more on Professor Uhlmann's research

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Diane K. Vinokur

Associate Professor
School of Social Work

Diane-VinokurProfessor Vinokur has scholarly interests in the application of social psychological and organizational theories to human service organizations and their personnel.She studies the implications of such findings for nonprofit management and social work practice. She has collaborated with colleagues in the analysis of national surveys, comparing work satisfaction and job stress among social workers employed in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Click here for more on Professor Vinokur's research

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James P. Walsh

Gerald & Esther Carey Professor, Management & Organizations, Corp. Strategy & Int'l Business
Stephen M. Ross School of Business; Department of Psychology

Walsh,James_5280Jim is currently investigating the purposes and accountability of the firm, with a clear eye on how well society is served by business activity. Click here for more on Professor Walsh's research

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Gary Was

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
College of Engineering

Gary-WasDr. Was' research interests center on radiation materials science and environmental effects on metals, including stress corrosion cracking, high temperature corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement. Current work in the area of stress corrosion cracking focuses on the determination of the mechanism of intergranular cracking in austenitic alloys in high temperature aqueous solutions with emphasis on the role of grain boundary structure, chemistry and deformation. Ion irradiation and stress corrosion cracking are linked through an investigation of the mechanism of irradiation in the assisted stress corrosion cracking of core components in nuclear reactors, by using proton irradiation to study the effects of neutron irradiation. Other current projects are on stress corrosion cracking in supercritical water, oxidtion of nickel-base alloys in very high temperature, impure He gas and irradiation creep of pyrolytic carbon. Click here for more on Professor Was's research

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Julia M. Wondolleck

Associate Professor, Dispute Resolution and Collaborative Ecosystem Management
School of Natural Resources and Environment

wondolleckJulia's interests include how public decisions about the environment might be made in the face of diverse interests, scientific complexity, and ambiguous legal direction. Click here for more on Professor Wondolleck's research

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Ming Xu

Assistant Professor
School of Natural Resources and Environment

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Ming Xu's research focuses on environmental consequences of economic, technological and social activities. He is particularly interested in urban infrastructure sustainability and resiliency, renewable energy, sustainability implications of international trade, and modeling integrated human/built/natural systems. His teaching centers around global perspectives in sustainable systems. Click here for more on Professor Xu's research

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Steven L. Yaffee

Theodore Roosevelt Professor of Ecosystem Management
School of Natural Resources and Environment

Yaffee-in-MaineProfessor Yaffee's research involves natural resource and environmental policy, planning and management; processes of policy formation and implementation; and organizational arrangements for managing natural resources. Of particular interest is policy involving endangered species, public lands, ecosystem management, and nonprofit environmental organizations. Also interested in innovative ways to make collective choices including alternative dispute resolution, collaborative problem-solving, and negotiation processes. Click here for more on Professor Yaffee's Research.

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Haitao Yin

Assistant Professor of Business Economics
Shanghai Jiaotong University; Antai College of Economics and Management

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Haitao Yin is an assistant professor of business economics at the Antai College of Economics and Management. He received his PhD in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton Business School at University of Pennsylvania. His primary research interests lie at the intersection of business strategy and public policy, particularly in the field of environmental policy and corporate environment management, where he focuses on business impacts of environmental regulation, voluntary approaches for environmental protection, renewable energy development, and environmental / natural disaster insurance. He has recently published papers in Business Strategy and the Environment, and the International Marketing Review.

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Martin Zimmerman

Clinical Professor of Business Administration
Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Martin-ZimmermanProfessor Zimmerman's career has spanned academia, government and business. His research is concerned with energy policy, government regulation of business and economic developments in the automotive industry. He served as chief economist as well as group vice president at Ford Motor Company, where he was responsible for corporate economics, governmental affairs, environmental and safety engineering and corporate social responsibility. He recently served on the National Commission on Energy Policy and also served on the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Click here for more on Professor Zimmerman's research

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Michaela Zint

Associate Professor of Environmental Education and Communication
School of Natural Resources and Environment

Michaela_ZintProfessor Zint's research and teaching addresses the question of how environmental educators and communicators can foster environmentally responsible behaviors. Consistent with the ultimate goal of environmental education, Professor Zint's research and teaching addresses the question of how environmental educators and communicators can foster environmentally responsible behaviors. Her efforts therefore focus on relevant human behavior models. Professor Zint also has a special interest in (Great Lakes) fisheries/aquatic education, enviromental risk education, and evaluation. Click here for more on Professor Zint's research

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