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.

Short Biography of the Author’s Professional Achievements

John H. Dunning

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


Professor John Dunning has been researching into the economics of international direct investment and the multinational enterprise since the 1950s. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 50 books on this subject, and on industrial and regional economics. Among his most recent publications are a two volume compendium of his more influential contributions to international business over the past 30 years (Edward Elgar, 2002), an edited volume on Making Globalization Good (Oxford University Press, 2003) and a jointly authored monograph (with Rajneesh Narula) Multinationals and Industrial Competitiveness, Edward Elgar (2004). In May 2008 Edward Elgar also published a revised and updated edition to his seminal and widely acclaimed treatise Multinational Enterprises and the Global Economy (jointly authored with Sarianna Lundan). He has recently collaborated with Professor Tagi Sagafi-Nejad on a study of the UN’s role in our understanding of MNEs and economic development. It is expected that a volume containing the results of this study will be published by Indiana University Press in October 2008. Professor Dunning is further working on a new book of his essays scheduled for publication in late 2009. Professor Dunning is Emeritus Professor of International Business at the University of Reading, UK and State of New Jersey Emeritus Professor of International Business at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. In addition, he has been Visiting Professor at several universities in North America, Europe and Asia. Professor Dunning is currently Chief Economic Adviser to the Director of the Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development of...

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