Essays in Honor of John Dunning
Edited by H. Peter Gray
Chapter 1: Dunning’s Rutgers Years
H. Peter Gray John Dunning has always had an element of the scholar gypsy in him. It was this wanderlust that allowed him to accept a Seth Boyden visiting professorship of international business (IB) at Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey for eighteen months beginning in 1987. While he was a visiting member of the faculty of the Business School, Governor Thomas Kean of New Jersey decided to fund the creation, at Rutgers, of six ‘State of New Jersey professorships’ to be awarded to world-class scholars in six diﬀerent ﬁelds. Serendipity had begun to exert its inﬂuence and the then dean, David Blake, succeeded in 1989 in bringing Dunning to the School of Business of Rutgers as one of the six. This was to be a long-term relationship as distinct from the avowedly temporary visiting Seth Boyden professorship. The appointment was a complex arrangement because of the need for John to continue as a member of the faculty of the University of Reading until the end of 1992 when he would reach mandatory retirement age in the United Kingdom. John was a regular member of the Rutgers Business faculty for alternate calendar years. However, he always visited Newark once or twice in the ‘oﬀ years’ in order to meet with his graduate students and to goad those who were not giving the writing of their dissertations the wholehearted commitment which was both deserved and needed. This book is a tribute to the contributions made by Dunning to...
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