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 12: Towards the Final Season and Second Childhood

John H. Dunning

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


12. Towards the final season and second childhood1 From time to time in my sixties and seventies I thought about what I would like to do when my time came to retire from academic life. I did not anticipate continuing with my research or teaching much beyond the early 1990s, but rather expected to do something to which I could apply my Christian beliefs. Much earlier in the 1950s and early 1960s, I had enjoyed lay preaching, but, as I have already recounted, I ruled this option out after the events of the subsequent decade. Again, serendipity entered the picture. As I have already mentioned in Chapter 10, in 1998 I was invited to give a talk on the Christian response to global capitalism at the annual meetings of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) in Jerusalem.2 This, along with parallel presentations by Jewish and Islamic speakers, stimulated a great deal of interest among my friends and colleagues, and after careful thought, and with a growing realization that moral and ethical issues were now increasingly entering the domain of globalization, I redirected much of my scholarly attention in the early 2000s towards identifying the ways and means by which global capitalism could be made both more economically inclusive and socially acceptable. One of the results of this work was the publication of my edited volume Making Globalization Good, subtitled The Moral Challenges of Global Capitalism, in 2003 by Oxford University Press. To finance the project, I secured generous grants from...

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