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Dr. Alan M. Rugman is Professor of International Business at the Henley Business School of the University of Reading.  He is the Director of Research in the School of Management. Previously he held the L. Leslie Waters Chair of International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, 2001-2009. He was Thames Water Fellow in Strategic Management at Templeton College, University of Oxford from 1998-2001. Previously he held tenured posts at the University of Toronto 1987-1998, Dalhousie University 1979-1987, and the University of Winnipeg 1970-1978.  He has also been a visiting professor at Columbia Business School, London Business School, Harvard University, U.C.L.A., M.I.T., Warwick Business School, and the University of Paris-La Sorbonne.

Dr. Rugman has published over 250 articles dealing with the economic, managerial, and strategic aspects of multinational enterprises and with trade and investment policy.  These have appeared in such leading refereed journals as: The American Economic Review, Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of International Business Studies.

As a leading authority in international business, Dr. Rugman served as President of the Academy of International Business in 2004-06. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 1991.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, elected 1998.

Born in England in 1945, Dr. Rugman became a Canadian citizen in 1973 and a U.S. resident in 2002.  He earned his B.A. in economics from Leeds University in 1966, M.Sc. in economic development from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 1967 and his Ph.D. in economics from Simon Fraser University in 1974.  He was elected to an M.A. (Oxon) in 1998. Dr. Rugman served as an outside advisor on free trade, foreign investment and international competitiveness to two Canadian Prime Ministers over the 1986-1993 period.

His major books include: Inside the Multinationals (Columbia University Press 1981 and Palgrave, 2006); Multinationals and Transfer Pricing (St. Martin’s Press 1985); Global Corporate Strategy and Trade Policy (Routledge 1990); Foreign Investment and NAFTA (ed.) (University of South Carolina Press 1994); International Business (McGraw-Hill 1985); Environmental Regulations and Corporate Strategy (Oxford University Press 1999); Multinationals as Flagship Firms (Oxford University Press 2000); International Business (FT/Prentice Hall 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009);  The End of Globalization (Random House 2000); The Oxford Handbook of International Business (Oxford University Press 2001, 2009); The Regional Multinationals (Cambridge University Press 2005); Regional Aspects of Multinationality and Performance (Elsevier, 2007), Multinationals and Development (Yale University Press, 2008) and Rugman Reviews International Business (PalgraveMacmillan, 2009).

Alan Rugman passed away on July 8, 2014 after a brief illness. For additional information, please refer to the In Memoriam at Henley Business School.

Last Updated: June 2009

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