Andy Hoffman

Saving the World at Business School (Part 1) is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Andy Hoffman, Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Environment and Sustainability. This extensive conversation starts with inspiring insights into how Andy Hoffman became interested in environmental issues when he declined acceptances from graduate school at Harvard and Berkeley and instead worked as a carpenter for several years in Nantucket. 

Topics include the notions of ‘environmental sustainability’ and ‘big business’ which sometimes seem as incompatible as oil and water and ways to make a synthesis a reality by seriously reconsidering the way we currently conduct public policy and even some deep aspects of our current societal values.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Clarity vs. Popularity, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Building a Career – Getting a lay of the land
  2. Environmental Evolution – Fringe and mainstream
  3. Beyond Punditry – The cultural backdrop to climate change
  4. Fostering Debate – Engaging, responsibly
  5. American Exceptionalism? – Discussions on uniqueness
  6. Talking the Talk – Communicating science better
  7. Preaching to the Choir? – How to make genuine social progress
  8. Energy Renaissance – Government’s role
  9. Reinventing Sustainability – Imagining the long term
  10. Surprising Revolutionaries – Idealistic business students
  11. Setting Ideals – Towards a North Star
  12. Impact – Changing hearts and minds
  13. The Passion Principle – Discovering our calling



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Saving the World At Business School (Part 2) is an extensive follow-up conversation discussing Andy Hoffman’s research and scholarly insights which are extremely relevant to today’s society. Andy Hoffman is passionately committed to encouraging fellow academics to play a much stronger role in communicating knowledge, facts and information to the regular public and politicians which has culminated into his two new books The Engaged Scholar and Management As A Calling.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Exceptional Times, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Reprise – 7 years on
  2. Truth Decay – Facts under fire?
  3. The Value of Wisdom – Beyond knowledge
  4. Investigating Rewards – Intrinsic vs. extrinsic
  5. Concrete Opportunities – And concrete scepticism
  6. Management as a Calling – Focusing on the students
  7. Opinionated Ignorance – Hardly what the Founding Fathers had in mind
  8. Qualified Optimism – Hopeful signs
  9. Spreading the Word – Creating new platforms through technology
  10. Getting Personal – Slings, arrows and the learning experience
  11. Shattered Leadership? – Desperately trying to pick up the pieces


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Both books are also available as part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow CollectionConversations About The Environment, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.

The videos of Part 1 and Part 2 are available on Vimeo On Demandhttps://vimeo.com/ondemand/savingtheworld