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Thomas J. Dean, PhD.


Professor Business College

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-7266   Office: 226 Rockwell Hall

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Business

Areas of Interest

 Environmental Management


Thomas J. Dean serves as US Bank Faculty Fellow, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Enterprise at Colorado State University. Having authored some of the first articles and courses in environmental entrepreneurship, he is a pioneer in the field of entrepreneurship and sustainability. He focuses his programmatic and conceptual efforts on understanding business strategies and economic opportunities present in emerging social and environmental trends. He teaches in CSU’s Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprise MBA Program, and sits on the Advisory Boards of the Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise and School of Global Environmental Sustainability. He serves on the Board of Directors for VanDyne SuperTurbo, and has advised numerous start-up companies. He was elected as Chair of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division. During his tenure at the University of Colorado, he served as Academic Director at the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, and founded the Sustainable Venturing Initiative, the Cleantech Venture Challenge, and the first sustainable venturing course in the United States. At the University of Tennessee, Professor Dean developed one of the first business school environmental management programs. Professor Dean teaches and consults in the areas of business strategy, entrepreneurship, and sustainable venturing. He has published over 50 manuscripts including articles in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Business Venturing. He also recently authored a textbook on Sustainable Venturing. He holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University, an M.B.A. from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Industrial Economics from the University of Colorado.