Seasons of a Scholar

Seasons of a Scholar

Some Personal Reflections of an International Business Economist

John H. Dunning

In his perceptive and easily readable autobiography, John Dunning walks the reader through the four seasons of his professional and private life. With just the right touch of humour, he recounts his boyhood experience during the eventful days of the Second World War, his three-year spell in the Royal Navy, as well as his years as a student and research assistant at University College London. He then goes on to describe his times as teacher and researcher at Southampton, Reading and Rutgers Universities, and the origin and evolution of the Reading School of International Business scholarship.

Chapter 4: ‘And then the Lover’ (II): To University

John H. Dunning

Subjects: business and management, international business, economics and finance, history of economic thought, international business


In March 1948 I left the Navy in style, taking with me a ceremonial sword borrowed from a regular officer, which I was to wear on my wedding day. I boarded an early morning London train from Arbroath, and disembarked about midday at York to go through a demobilizing procedure at a local army barracks at York. There, I was kitted out with a new suit, a raincoat, a trilby hat, two shirts, two vests and pairs of pants, a tie, two pairs of socks and a pair of shoes – all of which I could choose from a fairly wide range of items on display. With my new belongings neatly wrapped in a cardboard box, I resumed my journey to London, and then to my home in Mottingham. I had returned home after just two years and ten months of being in His Majesty’s service! ******** For the most part, I had enjoyed and appreciated my naval interlude; and I believe it helped me to become a more confident, resourceful and understanding human being. I am sure I learned from the roughness and discipline of my early experiences, just as I gained in maturity from the management skills and authority I exercised as an officer. I was rubbing shoulders with a wide variety of people from all walks and stations in life, and came to realize that, if you try and place yourself in their shoes, it is not difficult to get on well with most individuals....

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