We are pleased to announce the Alan Rugman Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year, hosted by the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business at the Henley Business School, University of Reading.  


This year’s fellowship has been awarded to Ari Van Assche, based at HEC Montréal. He holds a professorship in pedagogical innovation on economic diplomacy. He is also Deputy Editor of the Journal of International Business Policy.


Ari’s work focuses on the organization of global value chains and their implications for international business policy. His work has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Economic Geography and the Journal of Development Economics. 


The Alan Rugman Visiting Fellowship was established in 2015. This is an annual award which honours the work of the late Professor Alan Rugman, and is therefore available to scholars whose work is explicitly linked to topics aligned with his academic interests. The award is in part available thanks to a donation from Helen Rugman in memory to her late husband.  Details on the programme can be found at: http://www.henley.ac.uk/school/page/ibs-fellowships/  Prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Visiting fellows were expected to give at least one seminar, and to spend between 2 and 4 weeks in residence over an academic year (between September and June). We are unsure how this will work out for this academic year, but we will still seek to develop joint research with our faculty through other means.


I am sure you will join with me in congratulating Ari.



Rajneesh Narula, OBE, PhD, FRSA

The John H. Dunning Chair in International Business

Henley Business School, Reading University







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