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The John H Dunning Centre for International Business

Since August 2008 the triple-accredited Henley Business School at the University of Reading has been home to the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business, formerly the Centre for International Business and Strategy (CIBS).

The Centre was renamed in 2008, in honour of the late Professor John Dunning and stands as one of the world's premier research centres in the field. Internationally-renowned members of the Centre include Professor Mark Casson, Professor Rajneesh Narula, Professor Alain Verbeke and Prof Chris Brewster.

Research in the Centre

Almost 60 years the University of Reading has helped define the research agenda in the field of international business. Further developing and employing the 'Reading approach' to the analysis and evaluation of the international business, the Centre's straddles the fields of international business, strategic management, innovation, and human resource management, and balances the necessity of a deep theoretical grounding with the added value of a strong applied focus. Research focuses on areas including:

  • The strategies of multinational enterprises
  • Globalisation and international business regulation
  • International human resource management
  • The globalisation of technology and Innovation
  • MNEs and economic development

The Centre relaunched its discussion paper series in 2011, with the aim of improving the public availability of research undertaken by researchers affiliated to the Centre.

Programmes and research opportunities

Henley Business School offers an established MSc International Business programme, welcoming new students each academic year. The newer masters programme, MSc International Business and Finance, launched for students entering in 2012. An international business component has also been introduced to stage 2 of the Henley MBA and a wide range of PhD opportunities in International Business and Strategy are available.

International Business Masterclasses

In 2015 International Business and Strategy Unit launched the Masterclasses programme aimed at doctoral and post-doctoral researchers from across the world. The programme runs twice a year, with varied delivery and content, and focuses on themes linked to the field of International Business. The programme is taught by a number of distinguished faculty members, as well as a variety of guest speakers from around the world. For further details please see here

Visiting Scholar Fellowships

The International Business and Strategy awards several prestigious visiting scholar fellowships annually.

John H. Dunning Visiting Fellowship

Established in 2010, is aimed at creating opportunities for researchers at the early-to-mid stage of their career. It offers an opportunity to visit and collaborate with academics at the Dunning Centre, and utilise resources associated with the John H. Dunning Library. It has been awarded to individuals who rank amongst the world’s leading scholars in International Business.

Alan Rugman Memorial Visiting Scholar Fellowship

Established in 2015 and supported by a generous bequest, is an annual award which honours work of late Professor Alan Rugman. It is available to scholars whose work is explicitly linked to topics aligned with his wide academic interests.

The visiting fellowship programme is aimed at creating opportunities for researchers at the early stages of the career to visit and collaborate with academics at the Centre, and to utilise resources associated with the John H. Dunning Library.

Visiting fellows are expected to give at least one seminar, and to spend between 2 and 4 weeks in residence over an academic year (between September and June). They will become associate fellows of the Dunning Centre, and are entitled to refer to themselves as a 'Dunning Fellow'.

Dunning Fellows are expected to be actively engaged in the field of international business (broadly defined), and with an inclination towards multi-disciplinary and theory-driven research, in the tradition of John Dunning. Applicants must have completed their PhD, and should be active engaged in research, either at a university or a research organisation. The fellowship is targeted towards individuals who have a track record of publications in refereed journals, and but not as yet ‘established’ (i.e., either early- or-mid-career).

Applications are invited from interested candidates for the academic year 2015-16. We will appoint two Fellows. Interested parties should submit:

1. a research proposal, indicating expected output associated with the fellowship. Please be very clear on how specific collaborations with our staff will help these plans;

2. A detailed CV, listing publications;

3. A cover letter indicating how the applicants will benefit from an association with the Dunning Centre and its members, and fits with the values and research tradition of the Reading School.

An honorarium is associated with the Dunning Fellowship. This is intended to subsidise the scholar’s expenses associated with travel and board. However, applicants are encouraged to seek supplementary resources from other sponsors. Academics who are seeking to take a sabbatical may find this especially appealing.

The Dunning Fellowship has been made possible in part by a donation by Christine Dunning in memory of her late husband.

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