Andrew J. Hoffman

Biography & CV

Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and SustainabilityProfessor 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.


  • Ph.D., Management and Civil & Environmental Engineering (joint degree)
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1995)
  • S.M., Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991)
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering
    University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1983)

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 recipient of the Responsible Research in Business Management award for his book "Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate."
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, 2018, Organizations & Natural Environment Division, Academy of Management.
  • Winner of the 2016 Faculty Pioneer Award from the Aspen Institute.
  • Honorable Mention for the 2016 Best Book Award, Organizations and Natural Environment Division, Academy of Management, How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate.
  • 2016 American Chemical Society National Award Winner.
  • Winner of the 2016 Best SO!apbox Essay Award, Strategic Organization, "The culture and discourse of climate skepticism."
  • Winner of the 2014 Best Paper Award, Organization & Environment, "Talking past each other? Cultural framing of skeptical and convinced logics in the climate change debate."
  • Honorable Mention for the 2014 Best Book Award, Organizations and Natural Environment, Academy of Management, Constructing Green: The Social Structures of Sustainability (with Rebecca Henn).
  • Finalist for the 2014 Best Book Award, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management, Flourishing: A Frank Conversation on Sustainability (with John Ehrenfeld).
  • 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Organizations & the Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management.
  • Winner of the 2013 Maggie Award, Best Feature Article in a trade journal, "Climate science as culture war," Western Publishing Association.
  • Selected as one of the "World's 50 Best Business School Professors," Poets and Quants.
  • "Breaking the Frame" Paper Award winner from the Journal of Management Inquiry, "The BP Oil Spill as a cultural anomaly? Institutional context, conflict, and change," (with P. Devereaux Jennings) (March 2012).
  • Connecticut Book Prize awarded for Builder's Apprentice as best memoir/biography of the year (December 2011).
  • Selected as a 2011 Aspen Environment Forum Scholar, Aspen Institute (March 2011).
  • 1st prize in the 2011 Oikos International Case competition for Coke in the Cross Hairs, Case # 1-429-098 (with S. Howie and G. Augustine, Ann Arbor, MI: Erb Institute, University of Michigan) (March 2011).
  • 3rd prize in the 2011 Oikos International Case competition for The Clorox Company Goes Green, Case # 1-428-989 (with C. Cammarata, J. Gough, B. Moss, A. Nowygrod, N. Springer, and A. Jongejan, Ann Arbor, MI: Erb Institute, University of Michigan) (March 2011).
  • Selected as a 2011 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, Stanford University (March 2011) (Press Release).
  • Grand Prize winner of the 2009 Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula for the course: Green Construction & Design (March 2010).
  • Selected as a 2009 Aspen Environment Forum Scholar (March 2009).
  • 3rd prize in the 2008 Oikos International Case Competition for Livinghomes, case study # 07-01 (with Rebecca Henn, Ann Arbor, MI: Erb Institute, University of Michigan) (June 2008).
  • Rising Star Award, World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute (October 2003).
  • Best Paper of the Year finalist for Academy of Management Review, "Barriers to resolution in ideologically based negotiations: The role of values and institutions," (with Kim Wade-Benzoni, Leigh Thompson, Don Moore, James Gillespie & Max Bazerman) (August 2003).
  • Broderick Prize for Service to the Graduate Programs, Boston University School of Management (May 2003).
  • Rachel Carson Prize awarded for From Heresy to Dogma: An Institutional History of Corporate Environmentalism. The award is given for "work of social or political relevance" by the Society for Social Studies of Science (November 2001).
  • Broderick Prize for Excellence in Research, Boston University School of Management (May 1998).
  • Klegerman Award for Environmental Excellence, MIT (June 1995).

Advisory Boards and Councils


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Contact Info
Andrew J. Hoffman
Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan Street, R4390
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

ajhoff at umich dot edu

Twitter: @HoffmanAndy

Administrative Assistant:
     Shelly Whitmer
     sjmoore at umich dot edu