Sustainable Strategic Management, M.E. Sharpe and Greenleaf 2014; M.E. Sharpe 2004.


This book focuses on the all important strategic management issues and processes related to managing business organizations in sustainable ways. It addresses all three dimensions of the triple bottom line—economic, social, and ecological—as they relate to the development and
implementation of corporate, competitive, and functional level strategies, and it explores the eco and socio-efficient and effective possibilities for firms that pursue their economic success within the context of the closed-loop value chain. The book has won praise from colleagues:

Of the 2014 edition:

Paul Shrivastava of Concordia University said, “In Sustainable Strategic Management Jean and Ed Stead provide a lucid and compelling account of how all strategic management can become sustainable.”

Jorge Rivera of George Washington University said, “This book is a must read for any scholar and student interested in learning about how to profitably promote the greening of business… Jean and Ed continue their pioneering work in the corporate sustainability management field…”

Of the 2004 edition:

Ed Freeman of the University of Virginia said, “The Steads show how strategic thinkers can be both pro business and pro environment.”

Alfie Marcus of the University of Minnesota said, “This is a visionary book that has the possibility of making a profound difference about how we think about the corporation and how it should be managed.”


Management for a Small PlanetDSC00953, M.E. Sharpe and Greenleaf 2009; Sage Publications1996; Sage Publications 1992.

The 1992 edition of this book was the first to focus on how to efficiently and effectively integrate concern for the natural environment into the management of business organizations. The book was widely used at universities in several countries, and it was recognized as an American Library Association Choice Outstanding Academic Book. The 1996 edition (published in Czech in 1998 by GplusG Publishing of Prague) expanded these ideas. The completely revised 2009 edition focuses on how 21st Century business organizations can achieve economic success by becoming active contributors to the growing worldwide movement for a more sustainable planet. In 2012, Eastone Publishers of Bratislava published it in Slovak. All three editions have won praise from the Steads’ colleagues:

Of the 2009 edition:

Herman Daly of the University of Maryland said, “Ed and Jean Stead continue to enrich the management literature with a perspective that firmly roots the economy and its organizations within the constraints of the biophysical world.”

Mark Cordano of Ithaca College said, “Drawing on decades of knowledge, the Steads have taken a fresh look at integrating sustainability and management.”

Andy Hoffman of the University of Michigan said, “I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in managing business and protecting the environment.”

Sanjay Sharma of Concordia University said, “This book is both a useful textbook for students…and a valuable resource for managers seeking a basic understanding of what a sustainable organization would possibly look like.”

SteadEdJean0029Of the 1996 edition:

Mark Starik of George Washington University said, “This book explains in laypersons terms why businesses need to treat this planet…as the ‘ultimate stakeholder’.”


Of the 1992 edition:

Jim Post of Boston University said, “The Stead’s framework is intellectually sound, eminently useful, and very valuable for students and Managers alike.”