HR!Day215 - How Being an Intellectual Shaman Can Help Change the World - Sandra Waddock, Raj Sisodia & Andy Hoffman

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Intellectual shamans—or shamans more generally—are fundamentally healers. In traditional cultures, they are the medicine men and women who heal both individuals and their communities. There are many people, who often go unrecognized, in the world today who fulfill the role of shaman—healing, connecting, and sensemaking the service of a better world.

Sandra Waddock’s (Boston College Carroll School of Management) book Intellectual Shamans profiles 28 academics who serve the world in this way and her book Healing the World argues that we all have the capacity, if we are willing to take the risk, to become shamans in whatever domain we serve. Join Sandra with two of the intellectual shamans profiled in the book to hear about what an intellectual shaman is, and how their journeys have shaped their work. Andrew (Andy) Hoffman (University of Michigan Ross School of Business and School for Environment and Sustainability) is a pioneer in thinking about purpose both individually and for businesses, as well as sustainability in business. Rajendra (Raj) Sisodia (Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College) is co-founder and leader of the global Conscious Capitalism movement. Join these scholars as they discuss how academics—and everyone else—can make a difference by taking the stance of the shaman—and working to heal the world around us.  


Sandra Waddock is the Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and Professor of Management at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. She has published15 books and more than 170 papers on topics ranging from system transformation and new economics to corporate responsibility, intellectual shamanism, and difference makers, among others, and has received multiple lifetime achievement awards.

  • Intellectual Shamans:  Management Academics Making a Difference. Cambridge University Press (2014)
  • Healing the World: Today’s Shamans as Difference Makers. Routledge, 2017.
  • Transforming towards Life-Centered Economics: How Business, Government, and Civil Society Can Build a Better World. New York: Business Expert Press, 2020.

Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, holding joint appointments in the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability. Author of more than 100 articles and chapters, he has published 16 books on the processes by which environmental issues emerge and evolve, and received numerous awards for his work. His work focuses on using organizational behavior models and theories to understand cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations, particularly around issues of climate change. His most recent book is The Engaged Scholar.  Recent books include Finding Purpose, How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate, and Flourishing (with John Ehrenfeld).

  • The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World. Stanford Briefs, 2021.
  • Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling. Routledge, 2016.
  • Andrew Hoffman and John Ehrenfeld, Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability. Palo Alto: Stanfored University Press, 2013

Raj Sisodia is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Glboal Businss and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College, and a global thought leader about conscious capitalism and healing organizations. His breakthrough book was Firms of Endearment, which highlighted how companies that love their stakeholders significantly outperform companies that do not. He is co-founder and chair emeritus of Conscious Capitalism. Author of numerous books and articles, he most recently published The Healing Organization (with Michael J. Gelb), Everybody Matters (with Bob Chapman), and Shakti Leadership (with Nilima Bhat). He co-authored Conscious Capitalism with Whole Foods founder John Mackey.

  • J.J. Sheth, C. Uslay, and Raj Sisodia, The Global Rule of Three: Competing with Conscious Strategy. Palgrave Mcmillan, 2020.
  • Raj Sisodia and M.J. Gelb, The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World. HarperCollins Leadership, 2019.
  • Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. Harvard Business Review Press, 2013.



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