Sara Soderstrom

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Soderstrom, Sara

Assistant Professor, Organizational Studies and Program in the Environment (PitE)

Office Location(s): 749 Dennison
Phone: 734.764.8247

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Organizational Studies, College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA)
    • Organizational Studies (College of Literature, Science and the Arts)
    • Organizational Studies (LSA)
    • Program in the Environment
  • Fields of Study
    • Organizational theory, corporate sustainability, organizational change, and social movements
  • About

    Sara Soderstrom is interested in how corporations engage in societal sustainability challenges.  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.

    Professor Soderstrom was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan. She completed her PhD at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Prior to obtaining her PhD, Professor Soderstrom 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. 

    Professor Soderstrom holds MSE degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

  • Education
    • PhD, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2010, MSE Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001
  • Awards
    • 2011 Organizations and the Natural Environment, Academy of Management Best Dissertation Award
  • Teaching Winter 2016
    • Environ 208- Business and the Natural Environment