John Cantwell

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Distinguished Professor and Former Editor-in-Chief of Journal of International Business Studies
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Academic Info

Ph.D., University of Reading; Economics
M.Sc., University of London; Economics
B.A., University of Oxford; Philosophy, Politics and Economics


Technological innovation and multinational corporations


Theory of International Business; History of International Business; Corporate Innovation and International Business; National Innovation Policies and International Business

Dr. Cantwell came to Rutgers as Professor of International Business in 2002. Coming from a Chair in International Economics at the University of Reading in the UK, he has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", the University of the Social Sciences, Toulouse, and the University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna. He is the author of Technological Innovation and Multinational Corporations (Basil Blackwell, 1989). This book helped to launch a new literature on multinational companies and international networks for technology creation, beyond merely international technology transfer. This book alone has a citation count of over 2,000 on google scholar; Professor Cantwell’s total citation count is well over 15,000. Altogether, John Cantwell has published fourteen books, over 75 articles in refereed academic journals, and over 85 chapters in edited collections. His published research spans the fields of International Business and Management, Economics, Economic History and Philosophy, Economic Geography, and Innovation Studies.

Dr. Cantwell served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) from 2011-16, which is the leading journal in the field of International Business scholarship. He was the President of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) in 1992, and in 2001 he was elected as one of four EIBA Founding Fellows. He is currently the elected Dean of the EIBA Fellows from 2015-18. In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), and he was Vice President of the AIB in 2006-08, when he was responsible for the program of the annual conference of the AIB held in Milan in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK. Professor Cantwell was also an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization from 2002-10.