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New Challenges for International Business Research

Back to the Future The late John H. Dunning OBE, former Emeritus Professor of International Investment and Business Studies, University of Reading, UK and Emeritus State of New Jersey Professor of International Business, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, US
In this final collection of his essays, John Dunning looks back on more than 40 years of research in international business (IB), whilst at the same time considering possibilities for the future.

This book includes fifteen updated chapters, many of which have not been widely accessible to the IB community until now. It provides a fascinating insight into the evolution of Professor Dunning’s thinking on some of the most important issues in the contemporary global economy, from the role of institutions in development to the moral challenges of global capitalism. Including some personal reflections, this compelling collection provides a unique perspective on the intellectual contribution from one of the field’s greatest scholars.
Extent: 488 pp
Hardback Price: $202.00 Web: $181.80
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84844 832 2
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  • Business and Management
  • International Business
  • Economics and Finance
  • International Business
In this final collection of his essays, John Dunning looks back on more than 40 years of research in international business (IB), whilst at the same time considering possibilities for the future.

This book includes fifteen updated chapters, many of which have not been widely accessible to the IB community until now. It provides a fascinating insight into the evolution of Professor Dunning’s thinking on some of the most important issues in the contemporary global economy, from the role of institutions in development to the moral challenges of global capitalism. Including some personal reflections, this compelling collection provides a unique perspective on the intellectual contribution from one of the field’s greatest scholars.

This insightful book will appeal to and inspire scholars and advanced students in international business and related disciplines who are interested in the latest thinking of one of the leading figures in the field.
‘The fifteen chapters included in this posthumous collection of the most recent contributions of John H. Dunning – the most influential scholar in international business – cover a wide area of relevant issues. This volume not only presents an updated intellectual legacy of Professor Dunning’s earlier pathbreaking and extensive work, but also provides a useful roadmap for future research in the many interdisciplinary dimensions of international business. This is why the volume should be obligatory reading to academics and practitioners in international business and management, as well as in economic geography, business history, political economy, social relations, international law and international economics.’
– Daniël Van Den Bulcke, University of Antwerp, Belgium and former Chair of the European International Business Academy

‘Throughout his career, John Dunning was an innovator and a deep and practical thinker on international business. This collection of his later work is no exception to the excellence of his contribution to the field of international business. John was constantly looking for new challenges in his research and these contributions once more move the field forward. International business has lost a major thinker, but we can be consoled by the continuing excellence of John Dunning’s contributions.’
– Peter J. Buckley, OBE, University of Leeds, UK

‘John Dunning has been one of those rare scholars who are not only an expert on their topic, but integrate a wide range of contemporary scholarship to provide an eclectic perspective of the field as a whole. This book brings together some of his most significant contributions over the past decade. Extending his well known work on the theory of the MNE, he is exploring the role of institutions in shaping MNE activity, and the moral foundations of capitalism.’
– Klaus Meyer, University of Bath, UK

‘This book consists of 15 essays written by John Dunning in the first ten years of this century. Like his earlier writings, these always provide insights and pertinent analysis to take forward the basic conversation of the field of international business. Indeed, Dunning takes us “back to the future” with this, his final, book.’
– Alan M. Rugman, University of Reading, UK
Contents: Foreword Introduction Part I: Learning from Early Scholars 1. The Contribution of Edith Penrose to International Business Scholarship 2. If Hymer Were Writing Now with Christos N. Pitelis 3. Some Antecedents of Internalisation Theory Part II: An Institutional Perspective on International Business Scholarship 4. A New Zeitgeist for International Business Activity and Scholarship 5. The Changing Locational Determinants of MNE Activity: 1960–2006 6. Institutions and the OLI Paradigm of the Multinational Enterprise with Sarianna Lundan 7. Towards a New Paradigm of Development: Implications for the Determinants of International Business Activity 8. Institutional Reform, FDI and the Locational Competitiveness of European Transition Economies Part III: FDI and the Competitiveness of Firms and Countries 9. FDI, Globalisation and Development: Some Implications for the Korean Economy and Korean Firms 10. Foreign Direct Investment and the Locational Competitiveness of Countries 11. The Role of FDI in the Regionalisation/Globalisation Debate with Masataka Fujita and Nevena Yakova Part V: Some Ethical Challenges of Global Capitalism 12. In Search of a Global Moral Architecture 13. Corporate Social Responsibility: An Institutional Approach Part VI: Some Personal Reflections 14. Perspectives on International Business Scholarship: Fifty-Five Years of Researching and Teaching International Business 15. The United Nations and Transnational Corporations: Some Personal Reminiscences Index