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Prof James T Walker

Head of International Business and Strategy

Henley Business School Director of Research

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Specialisms

  • Flexibility in the workplace, 
  • Inequality, 
  • Automobile markets, 
  • Evaluating research, 
  • Retailing

Location

145, Henley Business School, Whiteknights

Prof James Walker holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research agenda is characterised by the application of empirical methods to better understand real world problems.

Currently, his research is exploring the following themes:

  • Flexible work practices, for example, the four-day working week, and their influence on individuals, organisations and society
  • The unintended consequences of research evaluation on the generation of knowledge
  • The causes and consequences of changing levels of inequality over the last 100 years
  • Drivers for production of new knowledge in academia and its impact
  • Competition between products and firms in the automobile markets

Prof Walker has written over 50 papers which were published in journals, as diverse as Research Policy and the Journal of Economic History.

Reference: Walker, J. T. , Fontinha, R. , Haak-Saheem, W. and Brewster, C. (2022) The effects of the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ on teaching and engagement in UK business schools. In: Machado, C. and Davim, J. P. (eds.) Organizational Management in Post Pandemic Crisis. Springer, pp. 1-28. ISBN 9783030980528 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-98052-8_1
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker - Dr Rita Fontinha - Dr Washika Haak-Saheem - Professor Chris Brewster
Reference: Salandra, R., Salter, A. and Walker, J. T. (2021) Are academics willing to forgo citations to publish in high-status journals? Examining preferences for 4* and 4-rated journal publication among UK business and management academics. British Journal of Management. ISSN 1467-8551 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12510
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: Walker, J. , Brewster, C. , Fontinha, R. , Haak-Saheem, W. , Benigni, S. , Lamperti, F. and Ribaudo, D. (2021) The unintended consequences of the pandemic on non-pandemic research activities. Research Policy. 104369. ISSN 0048-7333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2021.104369
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker - Professor Chris Brewster - Dr Rita Fontinha - Dr Washika Haak-Saheem
Reference: Brooks, C. , Schopohl, L. and Walker, J. T. (2021) Comparing perceptions of the impact of journal rankings between fields. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 102381. ISSN 1045-2354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2021.102381
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Chris Brooks - Dr Lisa Schopohl - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Walker, J. , Brewster, C. , Fontinha, R. , Haak-Saheem, W. and Lamberti, F., (2021) Examining the impact of Brexit & COVID-19 on the working lives of business, management and economics’ academics in the UK. Report. Henley Business School pp16.
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker - Professor Chris Brewster - Dr Rita Fontinha - Dr Washika Haak-Saheem
Reference: Walker, J. , Della Giusta, M. and Fontinha, R. , (2020) Initial findings from the consultation on the impact of research metrics on the work of academic economists 2020. Report. University of Reading, Reading. pp19.
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker - Dr Rita Fontinha
Reference: Scott, P. and Walker, J. (2020) The comfortable, the rich, and the super-rich. What really happened to top British incomes during the first half of the twentieth century? The Journal of Economic History, 80 (1). pp. 38-68. ISSN 1471-6372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022050719000767
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Brooks, C. , Fenton, E. , Schopohl, L. and Walker, J. (2019) Why does research in finance have so little impact? Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 58. pp. 24-52. ISSN 1045-2354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2018.04.005
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Chris Brooks - Dr Lisa Schopohl - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Walker, J. , Greve, P. , Wood, G. and Miskell, P. (2019) Because you're worth it? Determinants of Vice Chancellor pay in the UK. Industrial Relations Journal, 50 (5-6). pp. 450-467. ISSN 0019-8692 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12265
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker - Dr Peder Greve - Professor Peter Miskell
Reference: Walker, J. , Salter, A., Fontinha, R. and Salandra, R. (2019) The impact of journal re-grading on perception of ranking systems: exploring the case of the academic journal guide and business and management scholars in the UK. Research Evaluation, 28 (3). pp. 218-231. ISSN 1471-5449 doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvz010
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker - Dr Rita Fontinha
Reference: Walker, J. T. , Fenton, E. , Salter, A. and Salandra, R. (2019) What influences business academics’ use of the Association of Business Schools’ (ABS) list? Evidence from a survey of UK academics. British Journal of Management, 30 (3). pp. 730-747. ISSN 1467-8551 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12294
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: Scott, P. M. and Walker, J. T. (2019) ‘Stop-go’ policy and the restriction of post-war British house-building. The Economic History Review, 72 (2). pp. 716-737. ISSN 1468-0289 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/ehr.12700
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Goergen, M., Walker, J. and Simpson, A., Wood, G. and Peel, D., eds. (2018) Methodology. Academic Journal Guide. 2018. Report. Chartered Association of Business Schools
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: Castellani, D. , Narula, R. , Nguyen, Q. , Surdu, I. and Walker, J. (2018) No longer at ease in the old dispensation: reappraising the role of international business in the world economy. In: Castellani, D. , Narula, R. , Nguyen, Q.T.K. , Surdu, I. and Walker, J. (eds.) Contemporary Issues in International Business: Institutions, Strategy and Performance. The Academy of International Business. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9783319702193 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70220-9
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Davide Castellani - Professor Rajneesh Narula - Dr Quyen Nguyen - Dr Irina Surdu - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Walker, J. , Wood, G., Brewster, C. and Beleska-Spasova, E. (2018) Context, market economies and MNEs: the example of financial incentivization. International Business Review, 27 (1). pp. 21-33. ISSN 0969-5931 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2017.04.006
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker - Professor Chris Brewster - Professor Elena Beleska-Spasova
Reference: Scott, P. and Walker, J. T. (2017) Large scale retailing, mass-market strategies and the blurring of class demarkations in Interwar Britain. In: Di Martino, P., Popp, A. and Scott, P. (eds.) People, Places and Business Cultures: Essays in Honour of Francesca Carnevali. People, Markets, Goods: Economies and Societies in History. Boydell & Brewer, Martlesham. ISBN 9781783272129
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Salter, A., Salandra, R. and Walker, J. (2017) Exploring preferences for impact versus publications among UK business and management academics. Research Policy, 46 (10). pp. 1769-1782. ISSN 0048-7333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2017.08.005
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: Scott, P. M. and Walker, J. T. (2017) The impact of ‘stop-go’ demand management policy on Britain's consumer durables industries, 1952-65. The Economic History Review, 70 (4). pp. 1321-1345. ISSN 0013-0117 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/ehr.12470
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Scott, P. and Walker, J. T. (2017) The only way is up: retail format saturation and the demise of the American five and dime store, 1914-1941. Business History Review, 91 (1). pp. 71-103. ISSN 2044-768X doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S000768051700054X
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Scott, P. and Walker, J. (2017) Barriers to “industrialisation” for interwar British retailing? The case of Marks & Spencer Ltd. Business History, 59 (2). pp. 179-201. ISSN 1743-7938 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2016.1156088
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Walker, J. (2017) Voluntary export restraints between Britain and Japan: the case of the UK car market (1971–2002). Business History, 59 (1). pp. 35-55. ISSN 1743-7938 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2015.1038519
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007680516000349
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Walker, J. , Salter, A. and Salandra, R. , (2015) Initial findings from the survey of UK business academics 2015. Report. Henley Business School
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2014.965384
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1093/oep/gpv026
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1111/ehr.12074
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker - Professor Peter Miskell
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2013.12.005
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Chris Brooks - Prof James T Walker
Reference: Walker, J. (2014) National income in Domesday England. In: Allen, M. and Coffman, D. (eds.) Money, Prices and Wages. Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance. Palgrave, pp. 24-50. ISBN 9781137394019
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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, 26 (5). pp. 832-852. ISSN 1743-9728 doi: https://doi.org/10.1057/ejdr.2014.2
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtt014
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker - Professor Chris Brewster
Reference: Wood, G., Walker, J. and Brewster, C. (2013) Diversity between and within varieties of capitalism. In: Wood, G., Brewster, C. , Brookes, M. and Croucher, R. (eds.) Varieties of HRM: A Comparative Study of the Relationship between Context and Firm,. Routledge, pp. 122-156.
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker - Professor Chris Brewster
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1108/15253831211261496
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1017/S002205071200037X
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00583.x
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022050711000027
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1093/oep/gpr012
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1093/oep/gpp004
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00535.x
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Peter Scott - Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9957.2009.02098.x
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeconbus.2006.03.002
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2006.00504.x
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: 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: https://doi.org/10.1080/00036840500293656
Henley faculty authors:
Prof James T Walker
Reference: Vignoles, A., Levacic, R., Walker, J. , Machin, S. and Reynolds, D., (2000) The relationship between resource allocation and pupil attainment: a review. Working Paper. London School of Economics and Political Science
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Association of Business Historians Annual Conference

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