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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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Policing Politics: Facebook and a Politician’s Right to Free Speech
Facebook, the world’s largest social media company, boasted a worldwide reach with over 140 million companies using the Facebook app, 100 billion messages shared every day, and 70 international offices.…
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JUST, Inc.: Clean Meat and the Future of Protein Alternatives
This case outlines various investment options for the CEO of JUST, Inc., Josh Tetrick, as he attempts to capture market share in the protein industry of the future. JUST, Inc.…
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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Accelerating a Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging
Plastic has become essential to global day-to-day activities, yet it is also causing extreme environmental degradation. Many leaders in the plastics industry are starting to question its sustainability. This case…
Publication Date: 04/29/2020 Product ID: 9-550-406
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Neste: Fueling the Future of Transportation
Neste, a Finnish oil company, has established itself as a key player and early mover in the renewable fuel market since its patent of NEXBTL renewable diesel in 1996. As…
Publication Date: 04/27/2020 Product ID: 5-522-996
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Growing Better Together: General Mills Considers Pre-Competitive Collaboration to Advance Sustainable Supply Chains
It was mid-March 2019 and General Mills had just announced its commitment to advance regenerative agriculture practices on one million acres of farmland by 2030. It was an ambitious initiative…
Publication Date: 04/24/2020 Product ID: 5-169-798
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Navigating Emission Reductions through Competition or Collaboration? Maersk in Uncharted Waters
In this case, the CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk, one of the world’s largest container shipping companies, considers whether competition or collaboration is the right solution to tackle the…
Publication Date: 04/23/2020 Product ID: 4-510-111
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BerkShares: Resisting Big-Box Retailers and Creating Economic Self-Sufficiency through Local Currency and Entrepreneursh…
BerkShares is a local currency in western Massachusetts and is a project instituted by the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and BerkShares, Inc., which seeks to foster local and…
Publication Date: 08/26/2019 Product ID: 1-537-103
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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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