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Dr Joe Lane

Lecturer in Strategy

Programme Director for International Business and Management

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  • Business and economic History, 
  • Industrial districts, 
  • Innovation and intellectual property, 
  • The Industrial revolution, 
  • Craft-based industries


143, Henley Business School, Whiteknights

Dr Joe Lane is a business historian working on knowledge and innovation strategies of firms in industrial districts since the First Industrial Revolution.

Dr Joe Lane is a Lecturer in Strategy at Henley Business School.


PhD in Economic History, London School of Economics

Current research focus

  • Examining the organisation and evolution of historical industrial districts and clusters with a specific focus on the role of knowledge and innovation in determining firm-level strategy
  • The behaviour and strategies of co-located firms and their responses to fluctuations in the economic environment during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Joe is currently co-editing a volume on historical British industrial clusters which is under contract with Routledge for publication in early 2021. He is also developing another stream of research examining patenting behaviour in craft-based industries over the long-run which picks up on a paper recently published in Enterprise & Society highlighting the innovation strategies of potters 1750-1851.

Professional roles

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Treasurer for the Management and Business History Special Interest Group in the British Academy of Management


  • The Coleman Prize for the best thesis in Business History at the Association of Business Historians Conference in 2019
  • Best Developmental Paper' award at the British Academy of Management conference in 2019

Reference: Lane, J. (2019) Secrets for sale? Innovation and the nature of knowledge in an early industrial district: the potteries, 1750-1851. Enterprise & Society, 20 (4). pp. 861-906. ISSN 1467-2235 doi:

Business Strategy for Accountants

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Module code: AC213

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Module code: MM276

Past Events

British Academy of Management Annual Conference

2nd September 2020

A History of Industrial Clusters: Knowledge, Innovation Systems and Sustainability in the UK

4th March 2020 Henley Business School

The 24th Annual Congress of the European Business History Association

10th September 2020

Association of Business Historians Annual Conference

26th June 2020