John H Dunning Centre - Members of the Centre

Members of the John H. Dunning Centre

Members of the Centre

Director of the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business, Rajneesh Narula


Rajneesh Narula is the John H. Dunning Chair of International Business Regulation at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. His research and consulting have focused on the role of multinational firms in development, innovation and industrial policy, R&D alliances and outsourcing. He has published over 100 articles and chapters in books on these themes. He is currently an editor of Journal of International Business Studies. Prof. Narula was Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Development Research from 2009-2013, and Editor-in-Chief of Multinational Business Review from 2014-2016.

He regularly acts as a consultant and advisor to the European Commission, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the OECD, and a variety of other international organisations. He has travelled widely, having undertaken research and consultancy projects or taught in Tanzania, Uganda, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Russia, India, Qatar, UAE, Colombia, Australia, Japan, Mauritius, Senegal, in addition to almost all the countries of the EU. He holds honorary appointments at UNU-MERIT, Norwegian School of Business and Oxford University.

 He is listed as one of the top 20 most cited academic authors worldwide in the fields of international business, emerging markets, economics of innovation, and economic development, according to Google Scholar.  His publications with John Dunning and Sanjaya Lall on FDI-assisted development are especially well-cited contributions on the subject.

 He is the author or editor of ten books, including Globalization and Technology (Polity Press), Multinationals and Industrial Competitiveness (with John Dunning, Edward Elgar), Understanding FDI-assisted Economic Development (with Sanjaya Lall, Routledge), Multinationals on the Periphery (with Gabriel Benito, Palgrave). His publications have appeared in leading journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Research Policy, Journal of Management Studies and Management International Review. His 2003 book, Globalization and Technology has been translated and published in Chinese and Arabic.  

 He obtained his BEng (Electrical Engineering, with Honours) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria, his MBA from Rutgers University Graduate School of Management, and his Doctorate in Management from Rutgers University, USA. Before academia, Professor Narula worked as an Engineer in Nigeria, and later as a Planning Analyst at IBM Asia/Pacific Headquarters in Hong Kong.

Elena Beleska-Spasova


A Lecturer in International Business at Henley Business School, Dr Spasova was previously a Corporate Strategy Consultant in Canada. She obtained an MBA from Maastricht School of Management, in the Netherlands, an MSc from Florida State University, USA and a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK.Her research has focused on the firm’s internationalisation strategies and the firm-specific drivers of the firm’s international strategies and performance. Her current research centres on areas including the international business strategies of multinational firms, global and regional strategies and their relationship with firm’s performance, and MNEs as regional/global networks.

 Chris Brewster

Chris has conducted extensive research in the field of international and comparative HRM and published over twenty books and more than a hundred articles. In 2002 Chris he was awarded the Georges Petitpas Memorial Award by the practitioner body, the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international human resource management. In 2005, a University of Chicago survey found he was one of the most published authors in the international business journals, one of only a handful of non-US authors and a handful of human resource management specialists on the list. In 2006 Chris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Vaasa in Finland. 

 Peter Buckley

Professor Peter BuckleyA Visiting Professor at the University of Reading’s School of Economics and Professor of International Business at Leeds University Business School in the UK, Professor Buckley was listed as one of the most ‘successful academic writers’ in The Times Higher Education Supplement (January 2006). He has published 26 books and edited a further 17, and contributed over 175 refereed articles.

He is a Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) and of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and a former President of the latter. Professor Buckley obtained a PhD from Lancaster University in the UK and his current research focuses on areas including the theory of the multinational firm, knowledge management in multinational firms, the international transfer of technology, the impact of foreign direct investment, international joint ventures and alliances, and foreign direct investment in China.


 Mark Casson

Professor of Economics and a former Head of the Department at the University of Reading, Professor Casson is one of the UK’s most distinguished and cited Economists, with a career spanning 35 years. He is Director of the School’s Centre for Institutional Performance and holds visiting positions at a number of other universities. Together with Peter Buckley, Professor Casson developed the internalisation theory of the multinational enterprise which is widely used to analyse the internationalisation of firms, and the growth of the multinational enterprise. He also developed the modern economic theory of entrepreneurship through a synthesis of the ideas of Joseph Schumpeter, Friedrich Hayek and Frank Knight.

He has written or edited over 30 books in international business, entrepreneurship, business culture and economic history and published more than 100 articles in refereed journals. Professor Casson is Fellow of Academy of International Business and regularly acts as an advisor to the ESRC, DFID and a variety of other UK government agencies and ministries, as well as international organisations such as UNCTAD and the European Commission. His recent publications include The Multinational Enterprise in Retrospect (Palgrave, 2009) and Entrepreneurship: Theory, Networks and History (Elgar, 2010). He is currently writing a book on the economic theory of international business. His other research interests include business, economic and transport history and he is a PhD supervisor

Davide Castellani


Davide Castellani is Professor of International Business and Strategy at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK, a Guest Professor at CIRCLE (Lund University, Sweden) and a Research Fellow of Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano (Italy). His research has focused on the determinants of the firms’ internationalisation choices, and their impact on innovation, technology and economic performances of firms, regions and countries. His publications have appeared in leading journals, including Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Regional Studies, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, The Review of World Economics, The World Economy. He has been involved in a number of international collaborative research projects and acted as an advisor to the European Commission and other international organizations. 

 Chul Chung


Chul is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in International Business and Strategy at Henley Business School, specialising in International Human Resource Management. His broad research themes encompass the areas of intersections between international business, human resource management, strategic management, and organisation studies. His current research is focusing on organisation and people management strategies and practices of multinational enterprises, especially Korean and Japanese multinationals. Before embarking on his academic career, Chul worked as a management consultant for eleven years, specialising in organisation design and human resource management areas with multinational consultancies and a research organization such as IBM Global Business Services, Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson) and LG Economic Research Institute.

 Stephan Gerschewski

Dr. Stephan Gerschewski is a Lecturer in International Business & Strategy at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. After completing his PhD in International Business at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, Dr. Gerschewski worked for more than five years at two leading universities in South Korea: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Hannam University. Dr. Gerschewski’s research interests focus primarily on international entrepreneurship, international business strategy, and the export performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Dr. Gerschewski has published numerous articles in leading international business journals, including Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Multinational Business Review, and Thunderbird International Business Review. Dr. Gerschewski’s publications have received various reputable accolades and awards, including the “Best Paper Award” at the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting in 2012, and “Most Outstanding Paper Award (Emerald Literati Award)” in 2016 for the journal “Review of International Business and Strategy”.

Professor Robert Pearce

 Robert Pearce

Emeritus Professor of International Business in the University of Reading’s School of Economics, Professor Pearce joined the former Department of Economics in 1966 and subsequently held posts as Research Fellow, Reader and Professor.

He is author or co-author of 14 books, working alongside colleagues including John Dunning, Peter Buckley and Marina Papanastassiou, and is an author of 29 articles in refereed journals and of 28 articles in edited volumes. He has served on the editorial boards of International Business Review, Management International Review and Multinational Business Review.

Professor Pearce’s research focuses on areas including subsidiary level strategy in MNEs, R & D in MNEs, the application of views of MNE strategy to economic issues (development, structural change, efficiency) and the development of the economic theory of the MNE.

Irina Surdu


Irina is a Lecturer in Strategy and International Business at Henley Business School, specialising in the international expansion activities and behaviours of multinational firms. She completed her PhD in International Business at Warwick Business School in which she examined empirically the foreign market re-entry behaviour of multinationals after initial entry and exit. She presented multiple papers at conferences such as AOM, AIB, AIB (UK) and BAM. Her various research projects on foreign market re-entry have won multiple awards at AIB (UK-I) conferences such as Palgrave Macmillan Prize for the best competitive paper (2016) and Neil Hood & Stephen Young prize “Most Original New Paper” (2013; 2014). Her broader research interests encompass entry modes, institutional change in emerging economies, organisational learning and unlearning, organisational memory and market entry performance.


 Denise Tsang  

Denise is a Lecturer at Henley Business School. She was previously a Lecturer at Bristol Business School. Denise was born in Hong Kong, Denise-Tsang.jpgand obtained a first-class degree in management and business administration from Reading University in 1994. She completed her PhD in economics in relation to foreign direct investment within the European microcomputer industry in 1998. Her research interests include strategic issues within multinationals, creativity, comparative management, institutions and knowledge-based capitalism. Denise has supervised four PhD students in the past few years and is a current supervisor of three PhD dissertations.

Denise has published over 20 essays, articles and conference papers as well as two books. Her first book was Business Strategy and National Culture: US and Asia Pacific Microcomputer Multinationals in Europe (2002) while her second book was The Entrepreneurial Culture: Network Advantage within Chinese and Irish Software Firms (2006). Her forthcoming title is Entrepreneurial Creativity in a Virtual World. Denise has gained research grants from the British Academy and the Japan Foundation Endowment Fund since 2004. She was also the Leverhumle Research Fellow in 2007. Denise served in the External Relations Committee, Academy of Management between 2006 and 2008 and the Outreach Committee between 2008 and 2010.

 James WalkerJames-Walker.jpg

Professor James Walker is the Head of International Business and Strategy.  His overall research agenda is characterised by the application of empirical methods to solve real world problems and issues past and present. He has published in journals as diverse as Journal of Applied Economics and the Journal of Economic History, examining the spatial competition in product markets and between firms, varieties of capitalism, academic performance and pay, and attitudes to multinational enterprises. His teaching expertise spans strategy, strategic marketing, entrepreneurship, and applied statistics.

 Alain Verbeke

Alan holds the position of McCaig Research Chair in Management and is Research Director at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. He was previously the Director of the MBA programme, Solvay Business School, University of Brussels (VUB). He has been an Associate Fellow of Templeton College, Oxford and is presently an Academic Associate of the Centre for International Business and Management, Judge Business School, Cambridge.

Alain has authored or edited 28 books and more than 200 refereed publications. He is a leading thinker on complex project evaluation and the strategic restructuring of complex organisations, both public agencies and business firms. He has been a member of the European Science and Technology Assembly (ESTA), the highest advisory body to the European Commission on the future of European scientific and innovation policy and has served on the board of directors of various educational and research institutions.

Alain currently holds the Rugman Memorial Fellowship.



John H. Dunning Centre Visiting Members


Gabriel Benito

Gabriel is a Professor in International Strategy at BI Norwegian Business School, and has worked on a broad range of topics in corporate benito.jpgstrategy and international business. There is a lot of transaction cost/internalization type of reasoning in his research, but often in combination with other perspectives. Gabriel is not committed to any particular empirical approach. His current portfolio of research projects includes Internationalization dynamics and Organization and governance in multinational enterprises. Gabriel also makes a teaching contribution to the Economics of International Business masterclass that runs in the Autumn term.

Ram Mudambi

Mudambi Dunning

Ram is Professor and Perelman Senior Research Fellow at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School. He is a Fellow of Academy of International Business (AIB), a Lifetime Fellow  of the Academy of the University of Messina in Italy, an Honorary Professor at the Center of International Business, University of Leeds (CIBUL) and a member of advisory council of the University of Bradford Centre in  International Business (BCIB).

His current research focuses on the geography of innovation, broadly defined. He is an Associate Editor of the Global Strategy Journal and the Book Review Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies. He has served as Special Issue Editor for Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Management Studies, International Business Review and Journal of International Management. He has published over 80 refereed articles and 6 books. His work has appeared in Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Geography, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, among others.



Current John H. Dunning Fellows

 Vittoria_Scalera.jpgVittoria Scalera

Vittoria G. Scalera is Assistant Professor of International Management at the University of Amsterdam Business School. She received her Ph.D. from the Politecnico di Milano School of Management, where she also worked as post-doctoral Research Fellow. Her research mainly lies at the intersection between international business and innovation management, where she focuses on innovation strategies in multinational firms, international knowledge sourcing, global innovation networks, and emerging countries’ technological catch-up. She is also interested in the international strategy and performance of government-owned institutions.


Xufei Ma

 Xufei Ma is an Associate Professor of the Department of Management and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received his Ph.D. in business policy and strategy from NUS Business School, National University of Singapore. His research interests lie in corporate and international strategies of multinational and entrepreneurial firms in and from emerging economies.



Former John H. Dunning Fellows

Luis Alfonso Dau

Luis Alfonso Dau is one of the John H. Dunning Fellows appointed for 2016-2017. He is an Associate Professor of International Business Luis_Alfonso_Dau.jpgand Strategy at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University. His research focuses on the effects of globalization and institutional changes on the international strategy and performance of emerging market firms.  Luis has been published in the leading academic journals in the field, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Management, Management International Review, and Journal of Business Venturing. He has also conducted field research in several emerging markets, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico.

 Alessandra Perri

Alessandra Perri is one of the John H. Dunning Fellow appointed for 2016-2017. She is an Assistant Professor of International Business at the Department of Management of Ca’ Foscari University (Venice). She earned her PhD at Luiss Guido CarliAlessandra_Perri.jpg University (Rome) and she worked as post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Business Administration of Carlos III University (Madrid). Her research is focused on the impact of FDI on host countries, innovation strategies in multinational firms and their subsidiaries, and emerging countries’ technological catch-up. Alessandra’s work has been published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of World Business, the International Business Review, the International Journal of Management Reviews and the Multinational Business Review.

Former Dunning Fellows

Ajai Gaur

Ajai Gaur was one of the John H. Dunning Fellows appointed for 2015-2016. Ajai is Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Ajai_Gaur.jpgInternational Business in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School. He received a PhD in Business Policy and Strategy from the National University of Singapore. In his research, Dr Gaur studies the distinct institutional influences on firms’ international expansion strategies in different institutional contexts. A related focus of his research is to study institutional influences on various firm-level governance mechanisms and their strategic and performance consequences. He is actively involved in research projects undertaken in the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business.

Jenny Hillemann

Jenny Hillemann was one of the John H. Dunning fellows appointed for 2015-2016.  Jenny is a post-doctoral fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Jenny_Hilemann.jpgBrussel, Belgium, from which she received a PhD in Business Economics in December 2014, and a guest lecturer at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her research includes the managerial analysis of multinational enterprise strategy and the broader governance challenges facing international firms. To date, her research contributions have been published as three edited book chapters in well-known book series with two further articles accepted in International Business Review and Multinational Business Review. She has been awarded the 2014 Academy of International Business/Sheth Dissertation Proposal Award and was nominated for the 2015 Academy of Management D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University Award for the Best Dissertation in International Management and for the 2015 International Theme Committee & Emerald Best International Dissertation Award at the Academy of Management. 

Marcus M. Larsen

Marcus Larsen was one of the John H. Dunning Fellows appointed for 2014-2015. An Assistant Professor at Department of Strategic larsen.jpgManagement and Globalization, Copenhagen Business School, his research focuses on the organizational design of multinational corporations and the rise of emerging economy multinationals. His research is published in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Global Strategy Journal.

Marcus has also published a number of teaching cases. His dissertation won the Peter J. Buckley and Mark Casson AIB Dissertation Award and the Barry M. Richman AoM/IM Best Dissertation Award in 2014.

Marcelo Bucheli

Marcelo was one of the John H. Dunning Fellows appointed for 2014-2015. An Associate Professor of Business Administration earned his BS Bucheli.jpgand MA in economics from the Universidad de Los Andes and an MA and PhD in history from Stanford University. Before coming to Illinois in 2005, he taught business history at Harvard Business School. His research focuses on the political economy of multinational corporations in a historical perspective.  He has been awarded the Newcomen Prize for the best article published in Business History Review in 2004, the 2011 Mira Wilkins Award in International Business History, and the Petroleum History Award in 2009. He is the author of  Bananas and Business: The United Fruit Company in Colombia, 1899-2000 (New York: New York University Press, 2005) and co-editor (with R. Daniel Wadhwani) of Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) in addition to several articles in management and history journals.

Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra

Alvaro was one of the John H. Dunning Visiting Fellows for 2013-2014. He is an Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy atAlvaro_Cuervo_Cazzura.jpg Northeastern University. Beforehand, he was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina and at the University of Minnesota, and a visiting professor at Cornell University. Alvaro studies the internationalization of firms, with a special interest in emerging market multinationals. He also analyzes governance issues, with a special interest in corruption in international business. His research appears in leading academic journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Research Policy,and in several edited books. He is the reviewing editor of Journal of International Business Studies and serves on the editorial boards of other leading journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Organization Studies, and Journal of World Business. His geographical area of expertise is Latin America. He serves on the Executive Committee of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management.  Alvaro teaches courses on global strategy and sustainability at the undergraduate, masters, executive and PhD levels. He was awarded a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and another from the University of Salamanca.

Stefano Elia

Stefano is one of the John H. Dunning Visiting Fellows for 2013-2014. He obtained a PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial EngineeringStefano_Elia.jpg in 2010. His current position is Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). His main research interests deal with: strategies, governance and effects of global sourcing and offshoring; entry strategies and impact of emerging multinational firms investing in advanced economies; drivers of location choices and agglomeration effects of multinational firms in the host countries; international alliances portfolio and innovation output; labour effect of outward foreign direct investments on the home countries; substitution and complementarities relationship between export and foreign direct investments. He is member of the European project ISCH COST Action IS0905 “The Emergence of Southern Multinationals and their impact on Europe” and of the “Offshoring Research Network” promoted by the Duke University. He published in international journals such as Economic Geography, Journal of International Management, Management International Review, Journal of Economic Geography, International Business Review and European Journal of International Management.

Vikas Kumar

Vikas Kumar was one of the John H. Dunning Fellows appointed for 2012-2013.Vikas is Associate Professor of International Business and Kumar.jpgStrategy in the Discipline of International Business at the University of Sydney Business School. From 2004 to 2009 he was Assistant Professor at Bocconi University and from 2008 to 2009 was a Visiting Scholar at the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP) at Stanford University. Vikas’s research interests are in the areas of Internationalization, Emerging Market Firms, Emerging Markets, Business Groups, and Outsourcing/Offshoring. His research has been published in premier international business/management journals such as Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Management International Review (MIR), Corporate Governance: An International Review (CGIR), Journal of World Business (JWB), British Journal of Management (BJM), European Journal of Marketing (EJM), and Thunderbird International Business Review (TIBR). He was co-guest editor of the special issue on ‘Offshoring and Outsourcing of High-Value Company Functions’ in Journal of Management Studies (2010) and is currently guest editing a special issue in the Journal of International Management (2012) on ‘Emerging Market Firm Competitiveness’. Vikas serves on the Editorial Boards of GSJ, JMS, MIR and TIBR. He is the director of the Emerging Market Internationalization Research Group (EMIRG) at the University of Sydney Business School.

Andrea Martinez-Noya

Andrea was one of the John H. Dunning Fellows appointed for 2012-2013. Andrea completed her PhD with distinction in 2008 from the Martinez_Noya.jpgEconomics and Business School at the University of Oviedo in Spain. During her PhD studies, she was a visiting student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2008 she is Assistant Professor in the Management Department at the University of Oviedo. Within the department, she belongs to the international management research team focused on analyzing firms’ growth strategies and internationalization. Her research is mainly focused on internationalization and cooperation strategies on R&D, especially on international R&D outsourcing practices by technological firms and how these firms can benefit from outsourcing. Her research received several distinctions, such as the “Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award” at 2008 AIB Meeting, “Premio Enrique Fuentes Quintana”, and it was finalist for the “Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award” of the IMD at the 2009 AOM Meeting. She has published in Journal of International Management, International Business Review, and Journal of Management Studies, amongst others.

Lorraine Eden

Lorraine Eden was the John H. Dunning Fellow appointed for 2011-2012. She is Professor of Management and Mays Research Fellow at Texas Lorraine_Eden.jpgA&M University, and a visiting professor at the University of Reading. Professor Eden has a PhD with Distinction in Economics from Dalhousie University. She has published more than 150 scholarly books and articles; her best-known book is Taxing Multinationals (1998). She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Pew Fellow, and a receiver of multiple teaching, research and professional awards. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), and has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies and AIB Vice President. She founded WAIB (Women in the Academy of International Business). She teaches and consults on transfer pricing, multinational enterprises, and international business.



Current Alan Rugman Visiting Fellows

 Paloma Almodóvar


Dr Paloma Almodóvar is Senior Lecturer in the Business Organization Department at the Complutense University of Madrid.  Her research interest is International Business, with a particular focus on regional/global strategies; performance of international firms; born-global firms; entry mode choices; and the impact of international activities on firms’ innovation. 


Former Alan Rugman Visiting Fellows

 Liena Kano

Liena Kano is the Alan Rugman Visiting Fellow for 2016-2017. She is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Global Management at theKano.jpg Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international business, strategic management, and entrepreneurship. She develops novel applications of comparative institutional analysis to study business phenomena such as the governance of family firms, emerging economy multinationals, multinational business networks, the global value chains, trading favours and global sustainability crises. Her particular focus is on micro foundations that underlie complex governance decisions. Her work has been published in California Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Business History Review, Journal of World Business and other high-quality academic outlets

Chang Hoon Oh

Chang Hoon Oh was the Inaugural Alan Rugman Visiting Fellow for 2015-2016. He is Professor of International Business and Beedie ResearchChang_Hoon.jpg Fellow at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.  Before he joined Simon Fraser University in 2012, he worked as an Associate Professor at Brock University and at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. He received his PhD degree (2007) from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University-Bloomington. His research centers on internationalization strategy, country risk, business continuity and sustainability, and globalization versus regionalization.





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