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Jean  Stead

Professor of Management at East Tennessee State University

position: Professor of Management at East Tennessee State University
dept: on, Department of Management
phone: 423-439-5398
office: 116 Sam Wilson Hall at East Tennessee State University


  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ph.D. in Business Administration; major area in Strategic Management and minor area in Ecological Economics
  • Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois; MBA
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, MA in Economics; major area in Economic Theory and minor area in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama; BS in Business Administration; major area in Economics

For the past 25 years sustainability has been Dr. Jean Stead's research and teaching passion. She has dedicated her entire academic career exploring ways for business organizations to be more sustainable, more ethical, and more socially responsible. Dr. Stead coauthored with her colleague, Edward Stead, Management for a Small Planet: Strategic Decision Making and the Environment (Sage Publications, 1992), which was the first book on sustainability published in the field of management. It was named a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Book in 1992, and it was published in a second edition in 1996. Her current book, Sustainable Strategic Management (M. E. Sharpe) was published in 2004 and is being used at universities in the US and abroad.

Dr. Stead's passion for sustainability has influenced her teaching and service as well as her research. Dr. Stead was awarded the ETSU University Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching in 1995. She was critical in the development of a course for the College in sustainability, Strategic Environmental Management and she was a key member of a team that secured a Kellogg Foundation grant to establish the Center for Community Sustainability at ETSU. Professionally, Dr. Stead was a founding member of the Organizations and Natural Environment Interest Group of the Academy of Management, and was recently appointed to the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management. Dr. Stead has worked extensively with community sustainability efforts in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and currently serves on the board of directors of Appalachian Sustainable Development. She is presently a partner on an AEO/Kellogg grant to influence public policy in favor of entrepreneurs in the state of Tennessee.

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