Saving The World At Business School (Part 2): A Conversation with Andy Hoffman

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Open Agenda Publishing, Feb 1, 2021 - Business & Economics

This book is based on an in-dept, remotely filmed conversation in December 2020 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. They discuss 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:

I. Reprise - 7 years on

II. Truth Decay - Facts under fire?

III. The Value of Wisdom - Beyond knowledge

IV. Investigating Rewards - Intrinsic vs. extrinsic

V. Concrete Opportunities - And concrete scepticism

VI. Management as a Calling - Focusing on the students

VII. Opinionated Ignorance - Hardly what the Founding Fathers had in mind

VIII. Qualified Optimism - Hopeful signs

IX. Spreading the Word - Creating new platforms through technology

X. Getting Personal - Slings, arrows and the learning experience

XI. Shattered Leadership? - Desperately trying to pick up the pieces

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A Note on the Text
The Conversation
Truth Decay
The Value of Wisdom
Investigating Rewards
Concrete Opportunities
Management as a Calling
Opinionated Ignorance
Qualified Optimism
Spreading the Word
Getting Personal
Shattered Leadership?
Continuing the Conversation

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About the author (2021)

Howard Burton, the founder and creator of Ideas On Film, holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy. For his award-winning initiative Ideas Roadshow, Howard has hosted and filmed in-depth conversations with more than 100 world-leading experts, including 3 Nobel Laureates, through a focused yet informal setting. 

Howard has been able to capture candid, behind-the-scenes insights which offer a detailed portrayal of the world of today's top researchers across all disciplines. Howard was the Founding Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and his experiences at developing the research and outreach mandates of PI were described in his book, First Principles: Building Perimeter Institute, featuring a foreword by Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose.

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