Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

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Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

Ann Arbor, United States

Ross School of Business
University of Michigan


The Erb Institute is committed to creating a socially and environmentally sustainable society through the power of business. Building on nearly two decades of research, teaching, and direct engagement, the Institute has become one of the world’s leading sources of innovative knowledge on the culture, technologies, operations and governance of business in a changing world. The Institute’s impact is realized most powerfully through our vibrant global network of students and alumni who are the transformative change agents in business, government and the non-profit worlds.

Main Activities 

Our flagship education offering, the three-year, dual degree MBA-MS program, produces graduates equipped with strong management skills and the environmental science and policy depth needed to look into the future and develop market-based solutions to pressing social problems. The program counts about 70 current students and 330 alumni going back to 1995, working on a broad range of sustainability issues in a variety of industries and functions around the world. Three core Institute professors teach and conduct research on strategy, organizational and economic topics in sustainable enterprise, and about 60 other U-M professors serve as Institute affiliates with relevant research interests. The Institute has 3 post-doctoral researchers on staff and has a strong record of placing its post-docs in tenure-track academic positions.

We also conduct a variety of outreach activities. Each year, we host one or two major research that bring together top academics and practitioners to explore topics such as Social Science Perspectives on Climate Change, and How will “Disruptive Challenges” in the Electric Markets Impact Michigan’s Energy Decisions?. We publish Institute summary reports, conduct media outreach around our research areas and maintain an active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Google +. The Erb Colloquium events bring 10 to 15 distinguished academics to UM every year to present their current research, and the Erb Speaker Series events host a regular stream of leading practitioners to discuss current issue in practice.

Organizational Structure

The Erb Institute is a partnership between the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Faculty Director, Professor Andrew J. Hoffman, and our two other core faculty members, Tom Lyon and Tom Gladwin, have endowed chairs and dual appointments in both Ross and SNRE. The staff includes managing director Terry Nelidov and four other full-time staff. The Institute is funded mostly from returns on its endowment. We have a 16-member Strategic Advisory Council of senior sustainability practitioners who advise on high-level and forward-looking issues of content and strategy. We also have a 37-member External Advisory Board of practitioners who support and advise the MBA/MS program and students.


Terry Nelidov
Managing Director