Sara Soderstrom

Assistant Professor

University of Michigan: Organizational Studies and Program in the Environment



In her work, Sara develops an organizational politics approach to corporate sustainability. Thus, she studies how individuals within organizations mobilize others, develop coalitions, and access key decision makers when they are trying to implement sustainability initiatives. Further, she studies individual and organizational responses to the ambiguity and uncertainty that surrounds sustainability, such as making sense of emergent issues, prioritizing and agenda setting, and balancing multiple goals.

Prior to joining OS and PitE, Sara was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Erb Institute from 2010-2012. Sara completed her PhD at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Her dissertation, ‚ÄúProcesses of Agenda Change in Organizations‚ÄĚ received the 2011 Academy of Management, Organizations and the Natural Environment Division Best Dissertation Award. Sara worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company serving retail and financial services organizations and led a business transformation team in post-merger activities at The Auto Club Group, a AAA umbrella organization. She holds MSE degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.