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Department of Management and Marketing

College of Business and Technology

Jean Stead
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Jean  Stead 


Areas of Research Sustainable strategic management, ethics and social responsibility

Classes Taught
MGMT 4910 – Primary area of teaching responsibility is sustainable strategic management;

Brief Biography
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

Personal Information
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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