News and Events
August 21, 2014
The National Academies Press recently released Climate Change Education: Preparing Future and Current Business Leaders. Ross Associate Dean Valerie Suslow is quoted on climate change in the curriculum in Chapter 3 and Erb Institute Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman is quoted in Chapter 4 on incorporating climate change education into business schools. Andy Hoffman also served on the report’s steering committee. Read more
August 21, 2014
Former Erb Post-doc, Nardia Haigh and Erb Institute Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman recently published the article on hybrid organizations and corporate sustainability in Organization & Environment. Read the article: The New Heretics: Hybrid Organizations and the Challenges They Present to Corporate Sustainability (pdf) or online here.
This paper was featured in a Management Ink article, “Can a business be socially responsible and still make a profit?”.
August 20, 2014
U-M Students Mike Bianco and Michelle Fournier and Erb student Jenny Cooper published their research on the interconnected relationship between industrial agriculture and the decline of honey bee colonies: Honey Bee Population Decline in Michigan: Causes, Consequences, and Responses to Protect the State’s Agriculture and Food System in the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs.
August 14, 2014
These scholarships are available to “MBA students [who have] achieved a meritorious GPA and [have] demonstrated exemplary academic standing, strong entrepreneurial knowledge and interests, and engagement with courses, programs, and leadership at the University of Michigan”. Read more about their scholarship achievements (pdf) or read it online
August 8, 2014
The Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman, received the Organization and Environment best paper award at the 2014 Academy of Management Conference.
“Talking past each other? Cultural framing of skeptical and convinced logics in the climate change debate.” The paper, which first appeared in Organization and Environment in March 2011, looks at the logic and arguments of the two main groups in the climate change debate and analyzes why the groups have been unable to meet eye to eye.
July 29, 2014
July 24, 2014
Under the direction of SNRE’s Dr. Dorceta Taylor, The Food Access in Michigan Project is researching the root causes for food insecurity across Michigan. Post Doctoral Fellow, Ethan Schoolman, describes the import of this unique research initiative in this 1:54″ video.
July 11, 2014
Watch this beautiful video on water stewardship and the paper industry in the Great Lakes region. Erb alumna and EAB member, Kathryn Buckner is featured near 3:19 in the video. This video was produced by: Detroit Public Television, the Council of Great Lakes Industries and the Great Lakes Protection Fund.
July 10, 2014
Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman recently published “Strategies Companies are Using to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change” in Ideas for Leaders. Andy gives examples of companies working on climate change mitigation and adaptation plans to reduce climate impact on their companies’ operations and offers insight on an eight-step process for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Read the online article | Download the PDF
Location: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor 48109-3091
Kirsten Engel is the Charles E. Ares Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona where she teaches and researches in the areas of environmental and administrative law with a particular emphasis upon federalism and the role of the courts in fostering policy responses to climate change. Dr. Engel will discuss a recent paper that examines the bases for federal allocation, among the various states, of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to meet federal air pollution standards under the Clean Air Act. Event details
Pizza will be provided and this event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by: Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Erb Institute, Environmental Law Policy Program, Energy Institute, and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
Location: Ross School of Business
8:30am – 7:00pm
Ross School of Business
Speakers from around the world attend this conference and discuss topics relevant for all students with an interest in global business. This year, panels composed of renowned leaders from global organizations, government, and academia will address the 4 Trends Impacting Global Business that Every Leader Needs to Know: Business Education in India, Managing Indian Talent, Base of the Pyramid Lessons and Opportunities, and Multinational Corporate Strategy in India.
Andy Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Title: Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse
Abstract: What is the role of the academic scholar within the discussions of the global challenges that are relevant to society, such as sustainability, health care, gun control, fiscal policy, international affairs, etc.? How do scholars engage in a world in which knowledge is becoming democratized through social media and the proliferation of knowledge sources (both credible and biased) clouds public debate? What are the social, professional and institutional obstacles to such engagement? I will lead a discussion on these questions and explain the goals of the 2015 Michigan Meeting, the culmination of an 18 month dialogue on an issue of interdisciplinary and global importance: the engagement of the academy in creating informed decision-making with the public and political realms. In particular, we are interested in stimulating a dialogue on faculty attitudes and best practices that cover a span of external engagement activities, including but not limited to: Congressional testimony, assistance to government agencies, board service, public presentations, media interviews, K-12 education, blogging, editorial writing, social media and political activism — all activities that lie outside the “standard” notions of scholarly pursuits. In addressing these questions, this meeting builds upon two preliminary activities that provide its foundation: (1) A survey of attitudes among University of Michigan faculty around academic engagement in public and political discussion that was conducted in the fall of 2013; (2) A series of three brownbag lunches for faculty to discuss their experiences, desires, and/or fears in engaging in public and political discussion were conducted in the winter of 2014. With these preliminary activities completed, we are now convening a national conference on the role and rules of engagement for academics to enter public and political discussion.
Rackham Building, University of Michigan
915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
TE3 is a one-day conference that will discuss and highlight recent research on Transportation, Economics, Energy, and the Environment.
Co-sponsored by: University of Michigan Energy Institute, Michigan Institute for Teaching and Research in Economics (MITRE) and the Erb Institute.
To learn more, and to register, visit the conference site
Open to Erb EAB members
Open to Erb EAB members, alumni, students, faculty and staff
Erb Alumni: We hope to see you at Erb Returns in October. Register here!
Ross Colloquium (6th Floor)
The symposium will cover the challenges of ensuring social responsibility in the globally dispersed supply chains of today, historical approaches universities have taken, current industry best practices and challenges and brainstorm what ought to be the role of a university and how could they fulfill that role more effectively. The audience for the conference will include faculty/students/licensees/and members of labor standard committees from other schools.
President Schlissel will deliver the welcome address. Professor Michael H. Posner, co-Director of the Center for Business and Human Rights and Clinical Professor of Business and Society, Stern School of Business (former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) of the United States) will deliver a keynote address on the “Evolution of Global Manufacturing and New Challenges”.
The day’s events include plenary, panel and moderated break-out sessions. Panel topics / speakers include:
- Professor Richard Locke, Howard Swearer Director, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, Brown University.
- A panel session on Leading Industry Practices on Supply Chain Engagement Strategies for Social Responsibility; (tentative) panelists include Nike, Barnes & Noble, and Colosseum Athletics.
- A panel session on University’s Role in Labor Standards and Human Rights; Panelists include: Marsha Dickson (U. of Delaware); Siobán Harlow (U of Michigan), Scott Nova (WRC), Claudia Coenjaerts (FLA)
- Elizabeth Kennedy, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility, The Collegiate Licensing Company – an IMG Company, will lead a discussion on Building Responsible Supply Chains in Small & Medium Companies
- Breakout and report out on next steps for Universities
Jim Rogers is chairman of the board for Duke Energy. Prior to being elected chairman in January 2007, he also served as Duke Energy’s president and CEO from April 2006 until his retirement on July 1, 2013.