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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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Past Events

British Academy of Management Annual Conference

2 September 2020

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

4 March 2020 Henley Business School

The 24th Annual Congress of the European Business History Association

10 September 2020

Association of Business Historians Annual Conference

26 June 2020