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John Child is Emeritus Chair of Commerce at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham.  John Child has an M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Management both from the University of Cambridge, which in 1984 also awarded him a Sc.D. for outstanding scholarly work. In 1996 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Helsinki School of Economics, one of the first business schools to be founded in Europe. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Corvinus University, Budapest.

In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management and also of the British Academy of Management.  In 2004, John Child received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the International Association for Chinese Management Research.

In 2006, he was made an Honorary Member of the European Group for Organization Studies [EGOS] in recognition of his contribution to the study of organization and to the work of the association. In the same year, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2009, John was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.

Professor Child's career started with posts in marketing and personnel at Rolls-Royce Ltd. He worked as a Research Fellow at Aston University from 1966 to 1968 and then held a faculty position at the London Business School until 1973. In that year he was appointed Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Aston University.

From 1986 to 1989 he was Dean of the Aston Business School. During 1989-90, he was seconded to the position of Dean and Director of the China-European Community Management Centre in Beijing with which he had been connected since 1985. He took up the Guinness (later Diageo) Chair of Management at Cambridge in 1991. He was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Organization Studies from 1992 to 1996. He also founded the Centre for International Business and Management [CIBAM] at Cambridge. 

John's research interests include Management in China and Brazil; organization and performance of strategic alliances; internationalization of SMEs; evolution of new organizational forms.

Last Updated: March 2010

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