Professor James Walker

Head of International Business and Strategy

Professor James Walker

Professor James Walker

Henley Business School Director of Research
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 data, the 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.