Professor James Walker

Head of International Business and Strategy

Professor James Walker

Professor James Walker

International Business and Strategy
By area: Industrial Organisation, Attitudes to MNEs, Academic Performance and Pay, Consumption Patterns, Domesday England
By industry: Cars, Retailing
By geography: US, UK, European
HBS 145, Whiteknights campus
+44 (0) 118 378 7374
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Professor James Walker is Head of International Business and Strategy. His overall research agenda is characterized by the application of empirical methods to solve real world problems and issues past and present. He has published in journals as diverse as Research Policy and the Journal of Economic History, examining the British and American retail managerial revolution, inferring behaviour from household budget datathe spatial competition in product markets and between firms in automobile markets, academic performance and pay, varieties of capitalism, and attitudes to multinational enterprises. His teaching expertise spans strategy, strategic marketing, entrepreneurship, and applied statistics. He is Programme Director for the International Business and Management with Language programmes (Italian, French, German and Spanish).

James is an active member of the Centre for International Business History (CIBH) and the John H Dunning Centre for International Business

Featured Work

  • Research assessment systems have focused on the impact of academic research on non-academic actors, yet little is known about how academics value impact in relation to other academic outputs.
  • Business and management academics have a strong preference of impact over publications, even when this impact is not associated with the formal research assessment system.
  • Academics’ preference for impact over publications is increased by their organizational tenure and non-academic work experience and whether they work in a research-intensive context.
  • Academics will prefer publications over impact when they have high academic productivity, extrinsic career motives and seniority.

Salter, A.,Salandra, R. and Walker, J.,(2017). Exploring preferences for impact versus publications among UK business and management academics. Research Policy, forthcoming.

Programme delivery

James Walker is module convenor for undergraduate Business Statistics, MM1F13.

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the basic methods of research and statistical analysis in business.

Academic activity


Scott, P. and Walker, J. T. (2016) Bringing radio into America's homes: marketing new technology in the Great Depression. Business History Review, 90 (2). pp. 251-276. ISSN 2044-768X doi: 10.1017/S0007680516000349

Scott, P. and Walker, J. (2016) Barriers to “industrialisation” for interwar British retailing? The case of Marks & Spencer Ltd. Business History. ISSN 1743-7938 doi: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1156088

Scott, P. and Walker, J. (2016) The only way is up: retail format saturation and the demise of the American five and dime store, 1914-1941. Business History Review. ISSN 2044-768X (In Press)

Walker, J. (2015) Voluntary export restraints between Britain and Japan: the case of the UK car market (1971–2002). Business History. ISSN 1743-7938 doi: 10.1080/00076791.2015.1038519

Scott, P.Walker, J. and Miskell, P. (2015) British working-class household composition, labour supply, and commercial leisure participation during the 1930s. Economic History Review, 68 (2). pp. 657-682. ISSN 1468-0289 doi: 10.1111/ehr.12074

Scott, P. and Walker, J. (2015) Demonstrating distinction at ‘the lowest edge of the black-coated class’: the family expenditures of Edwardian railway clerks. Business History, 57 (4). pp. 564-588. ISSN 1743-7938 doi:10.1080/00076791.2014.965384

Walker, J. T. (2015) Strategic trade policy, competition, and welfare: the case of voluntary export restraints between Britain and Japan (1971–2002). Oxford Economic Papers, 67 (3). pp. 806-825. ISSN 1464-3812 doi:10.1093/oep/gpv026

Brooks, C.Fenton, E. M. and Walker, J. T. (2014) Gender and the evaluation of research. Research Policy, 43 (6). pp. 990-1001. ISSN 0048-7333 doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.12.005

Kaya, A. and Walker, J. T. (2014) How do multilateral institutions influence individual perceptions of international affairs? Evidence from Europe and Asia. European Journal of Development Research. ISSN 1743-9728 doi:10.1057/ejdr.2014.2 

Walker, J. T.Brewster, C. and Wood, G. (2014) Diversity between and within varieties of capitalism: transnational survey evidence. Industrial and Corporate Change, 23 (2). pp. 493-533. ISSN 1464-3650 doi: 10.1093/icc/dtt014

Scott, P. M. and Walker, J. (2012) Working-class household consumption smoothing in interwar Britain. The Journal of Economic History, 72 (3). pp. 797-825. ISSN 1471-6372 doi: 10.1017/S002205071200037X

Scott, P. and Walker, J. (2012) The British ‘failure’ that never was? The Anglo-American ‘productivity gap’ in large-scale interwar retailing—evidence from the department store sector. Economic History Review, 65 (1). pp. 277-303. ISSN 1468-0289 doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00583.x

Ayse, K. and Walker, J. T. (2012) The legitimacy of foreign investors: individual attitudes toward the impact of multinational enterprises. Multinational Business Review, 20 (3). pp. 266-295. ISSN 1525-383X doi:10.1108/15253831211261496

Scott, P. and Walker, J. (2011) Power to the people: working-class demand for household power in 1930s Britain.Oxford Economic Papers, 63 (4). pp. 598-624. ISSN 1464-3812 doi: 10.1093/oep/gpr012

Scott, P. M. and Walker, J. (2011) Sales and advertising expenditure for interwar American department stores. The Journal of Economic History, 71 (1). pp. 40-69. ISSN 1471-6372 doi: 10.1017/S0022050711000027

Scott, P. M. and Walker, J. T. (2010) Advertising, promotion, and the competitive advantage of interwar British department stores. Economic History Review, 63 (4). pp. 1105-1128. ISSN 1468-0289 doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00535.x

Walker, J. T., Vignoles, A. and Collins, M. (2010) Higher education academic salaries in the UK. Oxford Economic Papers, 62 (1). pp. 12-35. ISSN 1464-3812 doi: 10.1093/oep/gpp004

Requena-Silvente, F. and Walker, J. T. (2009) The survival of differentiated products: an application to the UK automobile market, 1971-2002. The Manchester School, 77 (3). pp. 288-316. ISSN 1467-9957 doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9957.2009.02098.x

Requena-Silventea, F. and Walker, J. (2007) Is inequality harmful for North-South intra-industry trade growth? The International Trade Journal, 21 (1). pp. 25-52. ISSN 1521-0545

Requena-Silvente, F. and Walker, J. (2007) Investigating sales and advertising rivalry in the UK multipurpose vehicle market (1995–2002). Journal of Economics and Business, 59 (2). pp. 163-180. ISSN 0148-6195 doi:10.1016/j.jeconbus.2006.03.002

Requena-Silvente, F. and Walker, J. (2007) The impact of exchange rate fluctuations on profit margins: the UK car market, 1971-2002. Journal of Applied Economics, 10. pp. 213-235. ISSN 1667-6726

Requena-Silvente, F. and Walker, J. (2006) Calculating hedonic price indices with unobserved product attributes: an application to the UK car market. Economica, 73 (291). pp. 509-532. ISSN 1468-0335 doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2006.00504.x

Walker, J. and Requena-Silvente, F. (2005) Competition and product survival in the UK car market. Applied Economics, 37 (19/20). pp. 2289-2295. ISSN 1466-4283 doi: 10.1080/00036840500293656

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