In his perceptive and easily readable autobiography, John Dunning walks the reader through the four seasons of his professional and private life. With just the right touch of humour, he recounts his boyhood experience during the eventful days of the Second World War, his three-year spell in the Royal Navy, as well as his years as a student and research assistant at University College London. He then goes on to describe his times as teacher and researcher at Southampton, Reading and Rutgers Universities, and the origin and evolution of the Reading School of International Business scholarship.
Along the way, the author shares some of his many and varied consultancy assignments and travelling experiences, offering some insights into his personal values and home life in Henley-on-Thames and Cornwall.
This remarkable book gives a unique personal insight into the life and work of one of the most influential figures in the study of international business. It will no doubt prove a fascinating read to all those with an interest in the field and its development - and especially to those who have benefited from the work of one of its great thinkers and scholars.
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
Contents: Preface Part I: 1927-1952 Spring 1. `At First the Infant': Early Childhood 2. `The Whining Schoolboy': Towards Adolescence 3. `And then the Lover' (I): A Naval Interlude 4. `And then the Lover' (II): To University Part II: 1952-1987 Summer 5. `Seeking the Bubble Reputation': The Southampton Years 6. Towards Summer: A Personal Moment 7. From `Soldier' to `Justice': The Reading Years 8. The Reading Years: Family and Related Matters 9. Shakespeare's Fourth Age Continued: A Peripatetic Professor Part III: 1987-2007 Autumn/Fall 10. `And so he Plays his Part': The Rutgers Years 11. Spanning Spring to Autumn: Consultancy Work Part IV: 2008 Autumn-Winter 12. Towards the Final Season and Second Childhood Appendix: Short Biography of the Author's Professional Achievements Index