Publications

 


Forthcoming: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

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.

Experimental departures from self-interest when competing partnerships share output

October 21, 2014

erb-fundedexperimentPaper published in Experimental Economics by Josh Cherry, Stephen Salant (Erb Faculty Affiliate) and Neslihan Uler with a grant from the Erb Institute.

Experimental departures from self-interest when competing partnerships share output (pdf)

Hoffman paper wins Organization and Environment best paper award

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.
Read More. 

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

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.

Universal truths: can universally held cultural values inform the modern corporation? (pdf) or read it online.

Video: Food Access in Michigan Project

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.

Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities

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.

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

June 16, 2014

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.  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)

New publication helps companies manage corporate sustainability performance

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)

Designing Innovative Corporate Water Risk Management Strategies

May 16, 2014

By 2030, it is estimated that 47 percent of the global population will be living in high water stress areas. The authors of this book survey common organizational (both public and private) responses to water scarcity across three categories–technology-based, policy-based, and management-based–and then focus on the latter as holding the most promise for creating a robust, organization-wide solution for potential freshwater scarcity. Management-based responses are those developed within the organization to internalize water-related externalities.

Written by: Daniel Gerding (’14), Berry Kennedy (’14), Makely Lyon(’14), Joshua Rego and Emily Taylor(’14) with a foreword by Andy Hoffman and Neil Hawkins and includes an introduction by Faculty Advisor, Don Scavia.

This book was the Erb Institute 2013 Best Opus Project winner and is available for purchase on Amazon.com: Designing Innovative Corporate Water Risk Management Strategies from an Ecosystem Services Perspective

Read the blog from the student authors of the book here.

New publication helps companies manage climate change mitigation/adaptation

March 3, 2014

Developing an Effective Climate Change Strategy” by Erb Director, Andy Hoffman,  is  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)