Areas of Research
Sustainable strategic management
MGMT 4910 – Primary area of teaching responsibility is sustainable strategic management
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 35 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 co-authored with her colleague, Dr. 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 is now in its third edition. Sustainable Strategic Management (Routledge) was originally published in 2004, now in its second edition (2014), and was the first book to integrate sustainability into the strategic management process. The Steads received the Spirit of Sustainability Award in 2017 from their alma mater, Auburn University, in recognition of their contribution of integrating sustainability into the field of management.
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, the Teaching Emeritus Award from the College of Business and Technology, and the SGA Student Choice Award (2017) for one of the most creative professors on campus. 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 has worked extensively with community sustainability efforts in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.