Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds an appointment in the Management & Organizations group at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and a courtesy appointment at the School of Natural Resources & Environment.
Andy also serves as Education Director of the
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 100 articles/book chapters, as well as fourteen books, which have been translated into five languages. Among his list of honors, he has been awarded the Aspen 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 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
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.
- Ph.D., Management and Civil & Environmental Engineering (joint
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1995)
- S.M., Civil & Environmental Engineering
of Technology (1991)
- B.S., Chemical Engineering
University of Massachusetts at
Honors & Awards
- 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)
- Selected as a 2011
Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, Stanford University (March
- 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
- 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
- Academic Advisory Committee,
Black Rock/NACD Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment
- Marketing Advisory Board,
- Academic Advisory Board,
- Advisory Board,
NextEra Renewable Energy Trust
- Council Member,
- Board Member,
League of Conservation Voters
- International Advisory Board,
The Encyclopedia of Earth
- Board Member,
Center for Environmental Innovation
- Principal Consultant,
- Editorial Review Board,
Organization & Environment