Academic journal article Journal of Australian Political Economy

John H. Dunning: Seasons of a Scholar: Some Personal Reflections of an International Business Economist

Academic journal article Journal of Australian Political Economy

John H. Dunning: Seasons of a Scholar: Some Personal Reflections of an International Business Economist

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John H. Dunning

Seasons of a Scholar: Some Personal Reflections of an International Business Economist

Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2008, pp. 221, $87

Economists' autobiographies are not famously good reads. Practitioners of 'the dismal science' are seldom renowned for their engaging storytelling. Of course, it makes a big difference if you know the person. John Dunning had international influence and links beyond academia and was widely respected for his balanced judgement and ethical principles. His book tells of the influences on his life--personal and professional--and does so in great detail. He was a Baptist minister's son, working as a junior clerk after leaving school, then being conscripted into the navy at the end of the Second World War, before going late to the University of London and beginning an academic career. That career was centred at the University of Reading in the UK where he became the first Professor of Economics in 1964 and stayed until he retired in 1992, continuing as an emeritus professor and actively researching, publishing, consulting and conferencing until his death earlier this year.

Dunning was best known for his research work on transnational corporations, although he had other interests in industry economics and regional and urban studies. …

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