Theories and Paradigms of International Business Activity

Theories and Paradigms of International Business Activity

The Selected Essays of John H. Dunning, Volume I

John H. Dunning

This volume contains a selection of John Dunning’s best known and highly acclaimed writings on the theory of international business activity. Spanning more than three decades, the 16 contributions trace the evolution of his thoughts and ideas as an economist, from his first article on the determinants of international production, published in 1973, to his most recent essay on relational assets, networks and global business activity, completed in 2002.


John H. Dunning

Subjects: business and management, international business


My first acknowledgement must be to all those individuals whose writings I have cited in this volume. To each and every one of them, I am grateful for their input into, and influence on my own scholarly thinking. More especially, I wish to thank a number of my colleagues for their joint authorship of four chapters in this collection of essays. Chapter 8 was jointly written with John Cantwell and Tony Corley of Reading University. Three other chapters were co-authored with three of my former PhD students at Rutgers University – viz Rajneesh Narula (Chapter 5), John Dilyard (Chapter 12) and Cliff Wymbs (Chapter 15). In addition, the Publisher and I wish to thank the following who have kindly given their permission for the use of copyright material: Elsevier Science Ltd for ‘The Eclectic Paradigm as an Envelope for Economic and Business Theories of MNE Activity’ (2000), International Business Review, 9 (1), 163–90. Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) for ‘Trade, Location of Economic Activity and the Multinational Enterprise, Some Empirical Tests’, Journal of International Business Studies, (1980), 11, Spring/Summer, 9–31; ‘The Eclectic Paradigm of International Production: A Restatement and some Possible Extensions’, (1988), Journal of International Business Studies, 19 (1), 1–31; and ‘Reappraising the Eclectic Paradigm in an Age of Alliance Capitalism’ (1995), Journal of International Business Studies, 26 (3), 461–89. Oxford University Press for ‘The Determinants of International Production’ Oxford Economic Papers, (1973), 25, November, 289–325 Palgrave Publishers Ltd for ‘Trade, Location of Economic...

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