April 30, 2021

12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

Web conferencing, details will be sent before the event once your RSVP is received

IHMA Intellectual Shaman Discussion with Sandra Waddock and Andrew J. Hoffman

About this Event

Please join the International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA) and Sandra Waddock (Boston College) for an Intellectual Shaman Conversation with Andrew J. Hoffman (University of Michigan) to discuss ideas from Andy’s new book, The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World.

Society and democracy are ever threatened by the fall of fact. Rigorous analysis of facts, the hard boundary between truth and opinion, and fidelity to reputable sources of factual information are all in alarming decline. A 2018 report published by the RAND Corporation labeled this problem “truth decay” and Andy Hoffman lays the challenge of fixing it at the door of the academy. But, as he points out, academia is prevented from carrying this out due to its own existential crisis—a crisis of relevance. Scholarship rarely moves very far beyond the walls of the academy and is certainly not accessing the primarily civic spaces it needs to reach in order to mitigate truth corruption. In this brief but compelling book, Hoffman draws upon existing literature and personal experience to bring attention to the problem of academic insularity—where it comes from and where, if left to grow unchecked, it will go—and argues for the emergence of a more publicly and politically engaged scholar. This book is a call to make that path toward public engagement more acceptable and legitimate for those who do it; to enlarge the tent to be inclusive of multiple ways that one enacts the role of academic scholar in today’s world.

Sandra and Andy will discuss how we can move our scholarship towards engagement— and really making the kind of difference that is needed in today’s world.

The Intellectual Shaman series is hosted by IHMA as a Faculty Development format. It is co-sponsored by the Galligan Chair of Strategy at Boston College.

About Andy

In addition to his new book, The Engaged Scholar, Andy has also written extensively about purpose in Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling (Routledge, 2016), Management as a Calling: Leading Business School Serving Society (Stanford, 2021), and sustainability, including his pathbreaking book with John Ehrenfeld Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability (Stanford, 2013. He is also known for his work on sustainability and business and climate skepticism, taking many risks over the course of his career to follow his intellectual passions. Andy is author of more than 100 articles and chapters and 16 books to date.

About Sandra

Sandra is Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and Professor of Management at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. Winner of numerous awards, Sandra has published about 170 papers and 15 books, including Healing the World (Routledge/Greenleaf, 2017) and Intellectual Shamans (Cambridge, 2014), and most recently Transforming towards Life-Centered Economics (2020). Current research interests include large system change, corporate responsibility, intellectual shamanism, and management education.

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