March 24, 2015
By: Andrew Hoffman and P. Devereaux Jennings
Published in Organization & Environment, March 2015
Abstract: This review article summarizes some of the main tenets of institutional theory as they apply to the domain of organization and the natural environment (O&NE). But it is distinctive from other reviews for two reasons: first, it is focused on providing avenues for research in the Anthropocene Era. Second, while based on the trajectory of current, accumulated theory and research, this paper is forward-looking in its orientation, guiding future work to explore the emergence of a new social reality in Anthropocene Society. We begin with a summary of scientific research on the Anthropocene Era, then move to its implications for grand and mid-range institutional theory principles. We then discuss how institutional research might be used to inform societal recognition, transition and response to the Anthropocene shift, and conclude with a call to re-energize and re-radicalize the O&NE field to properly address the magnitude and scope of this shift.
February 25, 2015
Book description: Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. These conversations have become a rhetorical contest, one where opposing sides try to achieve victory through playing on fear, distrust, and intolerance. At its heart, this split no longer concerns carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, or climate modeling; rather, it is the product of contrasting, deeply entrenched worldviews. This brief examines what causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change. Synthesizing evidence from sociology, psychology, and political science, Andrew J. Hoffman lays bare the opposing cultural lenses through which science is interpreted. He then extracts lessons from major cultural shifts in the past to engender a better understanding of the problem and motivate the public to take action. How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate makes a powerful case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community, and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse.
This book has been featured in:
- The Chronicle of Higher Education – February 9, 2015
Isolated Scholars: Making Bricks, Not Shaping Policy (pdf)
- GreenBiz – February 27, 2015
From Al Gore to Solyndra, 4 ways culture shapes the climate debate (pdf)
- Michigan Radio – March 4, 2015
New Book explores peoples’ attitudes towards climate change (pdf)
- Corporate EcoForum, EcoInnovator Blog – March 8, 2015
The Cultural Schism of Climate Change: How science takes a back seat to identity politics in the U.S. (pdf)
- ecoAmerica, ecoAffect – March 9, 2015
Climate Through a Cultural Lens: Why People Disagree on Climate Change (pdf)
- Union of Concerned Scientists, The Equation – March 11, 2015
Book Review: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate (pdf)
- MLive – April 3, 2015
Moving beyond vitriol and demonization in the climate change debate: A conversation with U of M’s Andrew Hoffman (pdf)
- Stanford Social Innovation Review – April 6, 2015
How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate (pdf)
- Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – April 17, 2015
How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate (pdf)
- The New Global Citizen – April 29, 2015
Culture and climate: Getting the Social Science Right for Change (pdf)
- Public Media from Michigan State University – May 6, 2015
U-M prof examines science vs. values in climate debate (pdf)
January 29, 2015
By: Andrew J. Hoffman and John R. Ehrenfeld
ABSTRACT: Sustainability has become mainstream in both management practice and management research. Firms incorporate sustainability strategies into their core mission. University administrators promote sustainability as central to their curricula. Scholars pursue sustainability as a bona fide field of research inquiry. Given this level of attention and action, the world should be on the road to a sustainable future. But it is not. Environmental and social problems continue to get worse. This paper presents a model for understanding the progression of punctuated social change within the market that has taken us to the present reality, moving through three waves from 1970 to the present. We then present an assessment of where we may be going in the fourth wave, a punctuated shift that is predicated on the notion that we are now living in the Anthropocene, a new geologic epoch in which human activities have a significant impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. We present six elements of change within management systems that are reflected in the Anthropocene: systems thinking, which leads to new forms of: partnerships, materials use and supply chains, domains of corporate activity, organizations, and the economic models and metrics that are used to measure them.
January 27, 2015
Lauded by Sustainable Brands as a top sustainability book in 2014
Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability
John R. Ehrenfeld and Andrew J. Hoffman
Stanford University Press, 144 pages
Flourishing invites you into a conversation between a teacher, John R. Ehrenfeld, and his former student now professor, Andrew J. Hoffman, as they discuss how to create a sustainable world. Unlike virtually all other books about sustainability, this one goes beyond the typical stories that we tell ourselves about repairing the environmental damages of human progress. Read More / On Amazon
This book was a finalist for the Best Book Award from the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management.
October 21, 2014
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 25, 2014
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.
July 24, 2014
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 Nijake, A systems approach towards sustainable procurement, and 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.