The fourth Reading IB Conference at Henley Business School with UNCTAD

10 April 2013

The fourth Reading IB Conference at Henley Business School with UNCTAD

On 8-9 April we were able to welcome delegates to the fourth Reading IB conference at Henley Business School, and the second conference jointly organised with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development...

On 8-9 April we were able to welcome delegates to the fourth Reading IB conference at Henley Business School, and the second conference jointly organised with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. This is a bi-annual event and is a natural extension of a long-standing close partnership. It has rapidly become a tradition, both here at Henley Business School, and in the wider International Business community.

Henley's impact is not just on academic research and as a "school" of theory but also on policy; through taking prominent roles in policy making - (including Rajneesh Narula, Mark Casson and the late John Dunning), think-tanks and international agencies.

Professor John Dunning - as Senior Economic Advisor for almost 20 years - helped shape the direction of research and policy studies, and the attitudes of UN member states. This role continues today, with a variety of Henley Business School staff and alumni engaging actively with the UN, ILO and OECD.

John Dunning always believed in healthy debate and criticism, and like him, we also believe that we need to keep questioning what we espouse. It is important we continue to engage with International Business both on a practical and academic level, and this year's conference underlined the need to strengthen and formalise these relationships. We welcomed attendees to the conference this year from as far away as China, Australia, South Africa and Peru. We were delighted to have with us our Keynote speaker , James Zhan, Director of the Enterprise Division from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva and also, participants from the European Commission, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and African Development Bank.