March 9, 2016
By: Erb Faculty Member, Andrew Hoffman
Book description: Both thoughtful and thought-provoking, Finding Purpose aims to challenge our understanding of how humanity interacts with planet Earth, and our role within this. This book is an invitation: would you like to participate in one of the most important projects of imagination, perhaps the greatest ever, in human history? Distilling and refining over 20 pieces from a lifetime of work in academia and trade, across speeches, blogs, editorials and essays, Hoffman invites us to look beyond material growth and explore the role of the individual and business in discovering a wider purpose to bring about a balanced and sustainable society.
The reader is encouraged to consider humanity’s relationship with the environment through different lenses: business, academia, faith-based and cultural. By bringing them together, Hoffman encourages us to understand our relationship with the planet in a far more holistic sense.
Drawing on ideas from philosophy, literature, natural sciences and politics, Hoffman ensures that the ideas he explores are wholly accessible and applicable. Fully substantiated through various research and examples, the issues described are consistently made relevant to the reader.
Finding Purpose is the perfect book for anyone – from student to CEO – thinking about their place in the world, and how making changes in our own lives and societies can impact on the world around us.
This book has been featured in:
- Huffington Post – May 18, 2016 Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling (pdf)
- The Conversation – June 1, 2016 The limits of intellectual reason in our understanding of the natural world (pdf)
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
By: Graham Sustainability Institute Education Director and Former Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman Stanford University Press, 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.
Interview on the cultural schism of climate change:
Interview with St. Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies – May 22, 2015
Teaching session at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto – December 18, 2015
Teaching session at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment – March 3, 2016
This book has been featured in:
- The Union of Concerned Scientists – November 24, 2014 How to Talk About Climate Change at Thanksgiving: Recipes for Good Conversations
- Geographical Magazine – February 6, 2015 Climate change’s poisoned culture
- 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)
- Revista Brasileira de Estudos de Populacao (Portuguese) – February 28, 2015 Ciência, cultura e a estagnação da agenda ambiental (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)
- The Conversation – April 2, 2015 Social sciences are best hope for ending debates over climate change
- 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)
- International Business Times – April 10, 2015 Is Climate Change Real? Here’s Why Some Americans Still Have Doubts
- Bloomberg Radio – April 13, 2015 Erb’s Hoffman on Why People Reject Climate Change (Audio)
- Ricardo Abramovay – April 14, 2015 Mudanças climáticas são um caso de embate cultural (Portuguese) (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)
- Climate of Change blog by Doug Craig – June 9, 2015 Cultural identity and climate change (Part 1) (pdf)
- Climate of Change blog by Doug Craig – June 17, 2015 Cultural identity and climate change (Part 2) (pdf)
- Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal – June 17, 2015 Andrew J. Hoffman: How Culture Shapes Climate Change (pdf)
- Climate of Change blog by Doug Craig – June 22, 2015 Cultural identity and climate change (Part 3) (pdf)
- Sustainability Resources – Books, Reports, Films and Websites – June 24, 2015 How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate (pdf)
- EDF Solutions – Vol. 46, No. 3 / Summer 2015 – July 20, 2015 Review – New Book on Climate: Polar opposites (pdf)
- Utah Public Radio – August 6, 2015 Challenges of Marketing Climate Change on Wednesday’s Access Utah (pdf)
- Stanford Briefs – August 2015 Review: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate (pdf)
- Sierra Magazine – September/October 2015 – August 25, 2015 Books: What Makes Climate Deniers Tick? (pdf)
- Environmental Values (forthcoming) – December 2015 How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate (pdf)
- Portland Press Herald – February 21, 2016 Open Book: Recommendations from Fiona Wilson of Freeport (pdf)
- Yale School of Management – March 24, 2016 Finding Common Ground in the Climate Change Debate (pdf)
- Palm Beach Post – March 31, 2016 Point of View: Cultural identity can lead to denial of facts (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.
This working paper has been featured in:
- The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation – 2015 Annual Report 2015 Initiatives – Sustainability Education Program (pdf)
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.