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Stead and Stead

Jean and Ed Stead deeply believe that business organizations have an ethical responsibility to earn their profits in socially and ecologically responsible ways, and this belief has driven their careers for almost four decades. In the early 1980s they examined the ethics of using cost-benefit analysis to determine acceptable levels of employee exposure to cancer causing toxins in the workplace. This research resulted in their work being published in the Personnel Journal in 1980 and 1983. And, in the late 1980s and early 1990s they conducted research on the factors and processes that influence the ethical behaviors of employees. This ethics research culminated with the publication of their 1990 Journal of Business Ethics article on how to manage ethical behavior in organizations, which was recently recognized as a Citation Classic by the Social Science Citation Index.

In the 1990s they turned their full attention to studying and writing about the role of business organizations in creating a sustainable world that is economically healthy, socially just, and in balance with nature. In 1992 the first edition of their award-winning book, Management for a Small Planet, was published. The second edition of this book was published in 1996, and the third edition in 2009. Also, in 2004 they published their first edition of Sustainable Strategic Management, and they published the completely revised second edition of this book in 2014. Colleagues have referred to their books as pioneering, visionary, profound, intellectually sound, compelling, and classic.

In addition to their research, Jean and Ed have brought their visions of a sustainable world to their teaching, professional activities, and community service. In 1990 they developed and taught one of the first courses in the U.S. on managing in sustainable ways. They are both founding members and past officers of the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division (ONE) of the Academy of Management, and they have also been active in the Social Issues in Management Division (SIM) of the Academy. They have served on the boards of Appalachian Sustainable Development, an organization that promotes healthy foods in a healthy local economy, and the Jubilee Project, a poverty alleviation mission sponsored by the United Methodist Church. They are currently working in the Melting Pot Ministries of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. These ministries have been serving the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and the homeless in the local community since 1989.