Back to the Future
When John first asked if I could see to it that this collection of essays was published in case his illness took a turn for the worst, I of course accepted, but naturally hoped that I would not have to deliver on that promise. While that sadly turned out not to be the case, John did finish the entire manuscript, including the selection of papers to be included and the revisions he wanted to make to the chapters, as well as writing the Introduction to the volume. The present collection reflects what to me was the essence of John, which was an almost childlike intellectual curiosity and a desire to learn about the world, combined with an unwavering dedication to apply the new insights he had gained to the field of International Business (IB). As a result of this curiosity, the countless articles and books he published in the course of his many intellectual journeys helped to form the backbone of the field of IB. In this collection of essays, John’s thinking was particularly influenced by the work of institutional scholars, beginning with the economist Douglass North, and extending to organization studies and other related fields. In a manner true to himself, in the Introduction John delights in the richness of the new concepts he has been able to absorb from these scholars, only to deplore the fact that, on their own, these contributions are not sufficient to fully explain complex and evolving phenomena, such as the cross-border activities of...