Andy Hoffman

Andy Hoffman

  • Professor of Management & Organizations
  • Professor of Environment and Sustainability
  • Holcim (US), Inc. Professor of Sustainable Enterprise
Education
  • PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1995
  • MS Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1991
  • BS University of Massachusetts At Amherst 1983

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 763-9455
Fax
(734) 936-6631
Email
Room
R4390
Research

Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments in the Management & Organizations department at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Sustainable Systems group at the School of Environment and Sustainability.  Professor Hoffman's research uses organizational behavior models and theories to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations.  He has published over 100 articles/book chapters, as well as 14 books, which have been translated into five languages. In this work, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues, including: 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 also writes about the role of academic scholars in public and political discourse.  Among his list of honors, he has been awarded the Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award (2016), American Chemical Society National Award (2016), Strategic Organization Best Essay Award (2016), Organization & Environment Best Paper Award (2014), Maggie Award (2013), JMI Breaking the Frame Award (2012), Connecticut Book Award (2011), Aldo Leopold Fellowship (2011), Aspen Environmental Fellowship (2011 and 2009), Manos Page Prize (2009), Aspen Institute Rising Star Award (2003), Rachel Carson Book Prize (2001) and Klegerman Award (1995).  His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Atlantic and National Public Radio. He has served on numerous 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.

Executive Leadership
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 Environment and Sustainability. 

Andy has published seven books and over seventy articles/book chapters on environmental and social issues as they relate to business. His books include: Climate Change, What's Your Business Strategy (with John Woody, 2008, Harvard Business Press); Carbon Strategies: How Leading Corporations are Reducing their Climate Change Footprint (2007, University of Michigan Press), Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change (2006, Pew Center on Global Climate Change), Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment (editor with Marc Ventresca, 2002, Stanford University Press), From Heresy to Dogma: An Institutional History of Corporate Environmentalism (2001, Stanford University Press - winner of the 2001 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science), Competitive Environmental Strategy (2000, Island Press) and Global Climate Change: A Senior-Level Dialogue (editor, 1998, New Lexington Press).

He was awarded the 2003 Faculty Pioneer/Rising Star award from the World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute. His book, From Heresy to Dogma, was awarded the 2001 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science.

Dr. Hoffman holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, awarded jointly by the Sloan School of Management and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.   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 of the Oakwood Healthcare System, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Earth Portal, Center for Environmental Innovation, and Canopy Partnership, as well as the editorial board of Organization & Environment

Featured Books

Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability

Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability
Andrew Hoffman and John Ehrenfeld

Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability 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. Through their dialogue and essays that...

Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse

Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse
Andrew J. Hoffman, Kirsti Ashworth, Chase Dwelle, Peter Goldberg, Andrew Henderson, Louis Merlin, Yulia Muzyrya, Norma-Jean Simon, Veronica Taylor, Corinne Weisheit, and Sarah Wilson

What is the role of the academic scholar in public and political discussions on issues of social relevance, such as sustainability, health care, gun control, fiscal policy, and international affairs? How can we practice our craft to make it more relevant to the public at large? The answer is engagement, but there are a great many social, professional, and institutional obstacles to doing it. How do tenure rules and academic culture hinder or help in this pursuit? Is...

Builder's Apprentice: A Memoir

Builder's Apprentice: A Memoir
Andrew Hoffman

In 1986, Andy Hoffman quit an engineering job, declined acceptances for graduate school at Harvard and Berkeley and accepted a carpenter's job in Nantucket.  Unbeknownst to him, he had entered the world of high-end custom building.  Within two years, he was supervising the construction of a 29,000 square-foot mansion on a 180-acre estate in Fairfield County Connecticut.

This is a book about his personal and professional growth along that journey...

Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling

Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling
Andrew J. Hoffman

Both thoughtful and thought-provoking, Finding Purpose...

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate
Andrew J. Hoffman

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...

Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change

Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change
National Research Council

Climate change, driven by the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, poses serious, wide-ranging threats to human societies and natural ecosystems around the world. The largest overall source of greenhouse gas emissions is the burning of fossil fuels. The global atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, the dominant greenhouse gas of concern, is increasing by roughly two parts per million per year, and the United States is currently the...

The evolving focus of business sustainability education

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
04/2017

Source

Washington DC: Island Press
Pages: 
279-288
Earth Ed: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet
Erik Assadourian

Communicating about climate change with corporate leaders and stakeholders

Authors
Andrew J. Hoffman
Published Date
11/2016

Source

Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication
Matthew Nisbett

The fourth wave: Business management and business education in the age of the Anthropocene

Authors
Hoffman, A. and Ehrenfeld, J.
Published Date
2015

Source

Greenleaf Publishing
Pages: 
228-246
Corporate Stewardship: Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness
E. Lawler, S. Mohrman and J. O¿Toole

A history of research on business and the natural environment: Conversations from the field

Authors
Andrew Hoffman and Susse Georg
Published Date
2013

Source

Routledge
Pages: 
1-58
Business and the Environment: Critical Perspectives in Business and Management
Andrew Hoffman and Susse Georg

Climate debate in word clouds: The conflicting discourse of climate change

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2013

Source

New York, NY: Cengage Learning
Pages: 
323-325
Cross Currents: Cultures, Communities, Technologies
K. Blair, R. Murphy and J. Almjeld

Processes for retrenching logics: The Alberta oil sands case, 2008-2011

Authors
Misutka, P., Coleman, C., Jennings, P. and Hoffman, A.
Published Date
10/2013

Source

Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing
Pages: 
131-163
Research in the Sociology of Organizations: Institutional Logics in Action
Lounsbury, M. and Boxenbaum, E.

Hybrid organizations as agents of positive social change: Bridging the for-profit & non-profit divide

Authors
Hoffman, A., K. Gullo and N. Haigh
Published Date
2012

Source

Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Pages: 
131-153
Exploring Positive Social Change and Organizations: Building and Theoretical and Research Foundation
Karen Golden-Biddle and Jane Dutton

Retrospective, perspective and prospective: Introduction

Authors
Hoffman, A. and P. Bansal
Published Date
2012

Source

Oxford University Press
Pages: 
3-28
The Oxford Handbook on Business and the Natural Environment
Pratima Bansal and Andrew Hoffman

LivingHomes

Authors
Henn, R. and A. Hoffman
Published Date
2011

Source

Greenleaf Press
Pages: 
370-416
Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, The Oikos Collection Volume 2
J. Hamschmidt & M. Pirson

Positive deviance for a sustainable world: Linking sustainability and positive organizational scholarship

Authors
Hoffman, A. and N. Haigh
Published Date
2011

Source

Oxford University Press
Pages: 
953-964
Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
Kim Cameron and Gretchen Spreitzer

Who is part of the environmental movement? Assessing network linkages between NGOs and corporations

Authors
Andrew Hoffman and S. Bertels
Published Date
2010

Source

Resources for the Future Press
Pages: 
48-69
Good Cop Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and their Strategies toward Business
T. Lyon

Reconciling professional and personal value systems: The spiritually motivated manager as organizational entrepreneur

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2010

Source

M.E. Sharpe
Pages: 
155-170
Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Performance
Robert A. Giacalone, Carole L. Jurkiewicz
Authors
Andrew J. Hoffman
Published Date
2017

Source

Academy of Management Discoveries
Volume: 
3
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
93-94
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
09/2016

Source

The Conversation (US)
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
05/2016

Source

The Huffington Post
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
05/2016

Source

Greenbiz
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
05/2016

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Vistage
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
11/2016

Source

The Conversation (US)
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
05/2016

Source

The Huffington Post
Authors
Andrew J. Hoffman
Published Date
01/2016

Source

Journal of Change Management
Volume: 
16
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
77-96
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
06/2016

Source

Leopold Leadership 3.0
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
06/2016

Source

The Conversation (US)
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
06/2016

Source

Eco-Innovator
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
12/2016

Source

The Conversation (US)
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
09/2016

Source

The Huffington Post
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
11/2016

Source

The Huffington Post
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
09/2016

Source

The Conversation (US)
Authors
Hoffman, A. P.D. Jennings
Published Date
2015

Source

Organization & Environment
Volume: 
28
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
8-31
Authors
Hoffman, A.
Published Date
2015

Source

Chronicle of Higher Education
Volume: 
Feb
Issue: 
13
Pages: 
A48
Authors
Hoffman, A.
Published Date
2015

Source

Solutions
Volume: 
6
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
40-47
Authors
Hoffman, A.
Published Date
2015

Source

Environment
Volume: 
57
Issue: 
6
Pages: 
12-16

Developing an Effective Climate Change Strategy

Authors
Hoffman, A.
Published Date
03/2014

Source

The Conference Board: Director Note
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1-10
Authors
Hoffman, A. Joglekar, N. Corbett, C. and Wells, P.
Published Date
2014

Source

Journal of Industrial Ecology
Volume: 
18
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
597-602
Authors
Haigh, N., Hoffman, A.
Published Date
2014

Source

Organization & Environment
Volume: 
27
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
223-241
Authors
Bertels, S., Hoffman, A. & DeJordy R.
Published Date
04/2014

Source

Organization Studies
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
1-30
Authors
Hoffman, A.
Published Date
10/2013

Source

Michigan Journal of Sustainability
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
5-13

Climate science as culture war

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2013

Source

European Financial Review

Public Perceptions of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracking and Deep Shale Gas Development

Authors
Wolske, K. and Hoffman A.
Published Date
10/2013

Source

University of Michigan Integrated Assessment
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1-60
Authors
Ehrenfeld, J. and Hoffman, A.
Published Date
06/2013

Source

Solutions
Volume: 
4
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
1

The wrong-headed solutions of corporate sustainability

Authors
Andrew Hoffman and John Ehrenfeld
Published Date
4/2013

Source

Greenbiz

Climate science as culture war

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2012

Source

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Volume: 
10
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
30-37

Exceptional boards: Environmental experience and positive deviance from institutional norms

Authors
Andrew Hoffman and Judith Walls
Published Date
2012

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
253-271

Hybrid organizations: The next chapter in sustainable business

Authors
Andrew Hoffman and N. Haigh
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Dynamics
Volume: 
41
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
126-134
Authors
Hoffman, A. and P.D. Jennings
Published Date
2012

Source

Solutions
Volume: 
4
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
58-65

Talking past each other? Cultural framing of skeptical and convinced logics in the Climate Change Debate

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2011

Source

Organization & Environment
Volume: 
24
Issue: 
1

The BP oil spill as a cultural anomaly? Institutional context, conflict and change

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2011

Source

Journal of Management Inquiry
Volume: 
20
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
100-112

The culture and discourse of climate skepticism

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2011

Source

Strategic Organization
Volume: 
9
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
77-84
Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2011

Source

Nature
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
3-33

Review of "Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy" by D. Mazmanian and M. Kraft

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2010

Source

Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
189-190

Review of "When Principles Pay: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line" by G. Heal

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2010

Source

Ecological Economics
Volume: 
69
Pages: 
1187-1188

Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling

Authors
Hoffman, A.
Published Date
2016

Source

Greenleaf Publishing
978-1-78353-372-5

Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse

Authors
Hoffman, A., Ashworth, K., Dwelle, C., Goldberg, P., Henderson, A., Merlin, L., Muzyrya, Y. Simon, N., Taylor, V., Weisheit, C. and Wilson, S.
Published Date
2015

Source

Michigan Publishing
978-1-60785-365-7

Business and the Environment: Critical Perspectives in Business and Management

Authors
Georg, S. and A. Hoffman
Published Date
2013

Source

Routledge

Constructing Green: The Social Structure of Sustainability

Authors
Henn, R. and A. Hoffman
Published Date
2013

Source

MIT Press

The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Sustainability with John Ehrenfeld

Authors
Andrew Hoffman and John Ehrenfeld
Published Date
2013

Source

Stanford Business Books

The Oxford Handbook on Business and the Natural Environment

Authors
Bansal, P. and A. Hoffman
Published Date
2012

Source

Oxford University Press

Builder's Apprentice: A Memoir

Authors
Andrew Hoffman
Published Date
2010

Source

Huron River Press

Contributions of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Towards Understanding Climate Change

Authors
National Research Council
Published Date
2010

Source

The National Academy of Sciences

Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change

Authors
National Research Council
Published Date
2010

Source

The National Academy of Sciences
Ross Thought In Action
New study by Professors Andy Hoffman and Todd Schifeling shows Bill McKibben’s fossil fuel divestment effort showed results in unexpected ways.

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