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.
Working Paper: Institutional Theory and the National Environment: Research in (and on) the Anthropocene
January 12, 2015
By: Andrew Hoffman and P. Devereaux Jennings
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.
November 14, 2014
How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate is a forthcoming book by Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman.
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.
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.
May 30, 2014
“How Do Financial Markets Respond to Corporate Sustainability Disclosure” by Erb Associate Director of Research, Tom Lyon, was recently published by the Conference Board Initiative on Sustainability as part of the Director Notes series.
The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest working to provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. Read the report (pdf)