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Andrew Hoffman

Andrew Hoffman

Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise; University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and School for Environment and Sustainability

Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment.  Andy also serves as Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. Professor Hoffman's research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues. He has written extensively about: the evolving nature of field level pressures related to environmental issues; the corporate responses that have emerged as a result of those pressures, particularly around the issue of climate change; the interconnected networks among non-governmental organizations and corporations and how those networks influence change processes within cultural and institutional systems; the social and psychological barriers to these change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome. He has published over a dozen books, which have been translated into five languages. Among his list of honors, he has been awarded the Connecticut Book Award (2011), the Aldo Leopold Fellowship (2011), the Aspen Environmental Fellowship (2011 and 2009), the Manos Page Prize (2009), the Faculty Pioneer Award (2003), the Rachel Carson Book Prize (2001) and the Klegerman Award (1995). His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. He has served on research committees for the National Academies of Science, the Johnson Foundation, the Climate Group, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to academics, Andy worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1), Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design and the Amoco Corporation. Andy serves on advisory boards for ecoAmerica, Next Era Renewable Energy Trust, SustainAbility, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Environmental Innovation and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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Lafarge, ISIS and the Syrian Civil War: Business in the Face of Terrorism
In 2007, global building products company Lafarge purchased a dilapidated factory in northern Syria and invested $680 million to build and operationalize a cement plant, thus establishing a Middle East…
Publication Date: 05/08/2019 Product ID: 3-504-559
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Tyson Foods and Alternative Proteins: Where to Invest for Sustainable Growth?
This case describes the first investment decision of Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods—the largest protein producer in the United States and one of the largest in…
Publication Date: 05/07/2019 Product ID: 3-459-756
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Argus Farm Stop: Can a Low-Profit LLC be Scaled to Save the Family Farm?
Argus Farm Stop is a year-round farmers market store in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The owners launched the business with a mission to improve support for local farmers and offer the…
Publication Date: 05/02/2019 Product ID: 1-543-605
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At a Crossroads: General Motors and the Trump Administration's Fuel Economy Standards
This case focuses on the introduction of the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule in 2018 and General Motors’ (GM’s) challenge regarding how to best respond during the proposed rule’s…
Publication Date: 04/29/2019 Product ID: 1-453-703
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Note on Business Sustainability as a Market Shift
This conceptual note presents business sustainability as a market shift that must be framed as a change in the competitive positioning of the corporation. By exploring the drivers of sustainability…
Publication Date: 04/17/2019 Product ID: 2-501-315
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Note on Climate Change as an Organizational Challenge
Developing a corporate climate change strategy is more than just a technological and economic challenge. More importantly, it is an organizational and cultural challenge. An effective strategy must focus on…
Publication Date: 04/17/2019 Product ID: 1-525-236
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Note on Business Sustainability as Systems Change
Business sustainability has come a long way since the dawn of the modern environmental movement and the establishment of environmental regulations in the 1970s. However, the focus has been to…
Publication Date: 04/17/2019 Product ID: 5-720-388
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Facebook: Fake News, Free Speech and an Internet Platform's Responsibility
This case describes the role of Facebook in society and its degree of responsibility to protect the privacy of user data and address the real-world impacts of misinformation and fake…
Publication Date: 04/12/2019 Product ID: 8-890-047
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The Cultural Challenges of Meeting Climate Change Goals: Montreal Weighs an Emissions Ban on Iconic Wood-Fire Bagel Shop…
In 2018, the city of Montreal debated a ban on the commercial use of wood-burning ovens used by the city’s famous and iconic bagel shops. This consideration came after a…
Publication Date: 04/11/2019 Product ID: 7-234-668
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WeWork: Oil Money and the Challenge of Achieving Carbon Neutrality
WeWork, a successful company that provides shared workspaces, has grown rapidly since its founding in 2010 and was valued at $45 billion in 2018. WeWork was considered a progressive company…
Publication Date: 04/10/2019 Product ID: 9-396-089
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