Speaker Profile

Sara Soderstrom

Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and Program in the Environment

University of Michigan

Sara Soderstrom is an Assistant Professor in Organizational Studies and Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan. She is one of the core faculty for the Erb Institute. In her work, Sara develops an organizational politics approach to corporate sustainability. Thus, she studies how individuals within organizations mobilize others, develop coalitions, and access key decision makers when they are trying to implement sustainability initiatives. Further, she studies individual and organizational responses to the ambiguity and uncertainty that surrounds sustainability, such as making sense of emergent issues, prioritizing and agenda setting, and balancing multiple goals.

Prior to joining OS and PitE, Sara was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Erb Institute from 2010-2012. Sara completed her PhD at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Sara worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company serving retail and financial services organizations and led a business transformation team in post-merger activities at The Auto Club Group, a AAA umbrella organization. She holds MSE degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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