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Universal truths: can universally held cultural values inform the modern corporation?

Former Erb Post-Doc Judith Walls and Harry Triandis published a paper in Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal on the universal cultural values of health, well-being, longevity and environmental preservation and discusses challenges with upholding these values in social organizations.Universal truths: can universally held cultural values inform the modern corporation? (pdf) or read it online.

Strategies Companies are Using to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

Erb 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 success. Read the online article | Download the PDF

Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities

The Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities: Strategies, Methods and Outlook, edited by Hilda Blanco and former SNRE Dean, Dan Mazmanian, provides social, economic, political and environmental policy strategies for cities striving to advance in sustainability.Included is a co-authored chapter, From information provision to participatory deliberation: engaging residents in the transition toward sustainable cities by Erb Research Management Fellow, Kim Wolske and Erb Faculty Affiliate, Michaela Zint. Also included, chapters from Erb Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laurie NijakeA systems approach towards sustainable procurementand Erb Faculty Affiliates Greg Keoleian and Josh Newell in the co-authored chapter, Sustainability strategies for consumer products in cities.This book can be purchased here.

Why sustainability is not a stool or a pretzel, but a Möbius strip

Erb Postdoctoral fellow, Laurie Kaye Nijaki recently published a commentary piece “Why sustainability is not a stool or a pretzel, but a Möbius strip“ in the journal, Open Citizenship.  In this piece, Laurie explores the conceptual barriers to current frameworks and theories for sustainability and offers the concept of the Möbius strip as an alternative solution. Read more (pdf)

The ethical workplace: who cares?

Erb student, Kelsea Ballantyne wants to make a difference through companies that “measure up to her moral and ethical standards”. Kelsea chose to accept her 2014 summer internship at local Detroit nonprofit Focus: HOPE vs. an offer from the Ford Motor company based on her measure of potential for a positive impact. Read the BBC article (pdf)

 

Changing societal norms and business sustainability

The sustainability and business education landscape is changing rapidly and on a global scale. Students, business leaders and professors are shifting priorities towards business practice focused on positive change. Dean Alison Davis-Blake of the Ross School of Business adds that it’s essential for educational experiences to “incorporate positive business, focusing on developing leaders who can create economic value, build great places to work, and contribute to their local and global communities.”Read more in the Guardian Sustainable Business Article (pdf)

Lessons for Detroit from Medellín, Colombia

  • Metro–the city’s public transit arteries
  • Metrocable–connections for the city’s poorest neighborhoods
  • Public spaces and public art–inspiring hope in a hopeless place
  • Unidades Deportivas–building community through healthy living
  • Inspired perseverance to overcome persistent obstacles
  • Lessons for Detroit

Lessons for Detroit from Medellín, Colombia Optimism and Innovation in the World’s Former Murder Capital | Download as a PDF (En Español)

 

The Role of the Private Sector in Addressing Resource Scarcity Risk

The Role of the Private Sector in Addressing Resource Scarcity Risk Summary Report No. 141 | Download as a PDF