Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, with joint appointments in the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Andy also serves as the Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute.

Professor Hoffman has written extensively about corporate responses to climate change; how the interconnected networks of NGOs and corporations influence change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome. His 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 published twelve books, which have been translated into five languages. 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 has worked with organizations in both the public and private sectors. This includes projects with: Accenture LLP, Dow Chemical Co., Environmental Defense Fund, Exxon-Mobil Corp., Holcim (US) Inc., International Finance Corp., Novartis, The Conference Board, The Nature Conservancy, The Southern Company, World Business Council on Sustainable Development, and Yellowstone National Park.


  • 2004–present
    Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
  • 1997–2004
    Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Boston University, School of Management
  • 1995–1997
    Post-Doctoral Fellow; Department of Organizational Behavior, Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management
  • 1986–1990
    Construction Manager, T&T Construction & Design
  • 1984–1986
    Compliance Engineer, US Environmental Protection Agency


  • 1995 
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Doctor of Philosophy, Alfred P. Sloan School of Management and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (inter-departmental degree)
  • 1991 
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 1983 
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Minor in Environmental Sciences


  • 2016
    Finding Purpose: Environmental Sustainability as a Personal Calling, Greenleaf Publishing
  • 2015
    Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse, Michigan Publishing
  • 2015
    How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate, Stanford University Press
  • 2013
    Business and the Natural Environment: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management , Routledge
  • 2013
    Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability, Stanford University Press
  • 2013
    Constructing Green: The Social Structures of Sustainability, MIT Press
  • 2012
    Oxford Handbook on Business and the Natural Environment, Oxford University Press
  • 2010
    Builder's Apprentice: A Memoir , Huron River Press
  • 2008
    Memo to the CEO: Climate Change, What’s Your Business Strategy? , Harvard Business School Press
  • 2007
    Carbon Strategies: How Leading Companies are Reducing their Climate Change Footprint , University of Michigan Press
  • 2002
    Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives, Stanford University Press
  • 2001
    From Heresy to Dogma: An Institutional History of Corporate Environmentalism , Stanford University Press
  • 2000
    Competitive Environmental Strategy: A Guide to the Changing Business Landscape, Island Press
  • 1998
    Global Climate Change: A Senior Level Dialogue at the Intersection of Economics, Strategy, Technology, Science, Politics and International Negotiation, Jossey-Bass Publishers