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 9: Shakespeare’s Fourth Age Continued: A Peripatetic Professor

John H. Dunning

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


At the time of my childhood, it was unusual for children to travel abroad. Nowadays it is commonplace. Several of the 85 countries I have visited in the last 40 years, I had never even heard of in the 1930s: and, of course, since gaining their political independence in the post-Second World War era, most erstwhile British territories have changed their name. Even in my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined that I would be spending such a large part of my working life outside my home country. I have already described my first foray abroad in 1945, which was taken courtesy of His Majesty. After that, it was not until 1960 that I acquired a passport. In the 1950s, Ida and I spent our holidays in England – mostly on the Isle of Wight where Ida’s parents then lived. Both my first two overseas trips were by sea or overland, although in October 1960 I did take my first commercial flight from New York to Columbus, Ohio. But since then, beginning with various speaking engagements and consultancy commitments on the European continent, I have travelled mostly by air. As I described in the previous chapter, in 1968 I was invited to spend nine months at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. Accompanied by Christine, the journey to Toronto by a Boeing 707 was my first transatlantic air crossing; we then boarded a twin-engine propeller plane to take us to London, 120 miles to the west of Toronto....

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