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Professor of Automotive Business, CBiS
My current research focuses on the international automotive industry with particular reference to Western Europe and China. The main thrust of the research has been on merger activity; restructuring in the UK industry, the growth and development of the industry in China, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the industry, and the challenges posed by climate change and alternatively fuelled vehicles. I maintain a small interest in Finnish high tech industrial development. The inspiration for this research comes simply from my long-standing interest in the auto industry. All I really want to achieve is an improvement in our understanding of the industry through the application of economic theory.
After graduating from the Universities of Strathclyde (BA Hons) and Aberdeen (Ph.D), I became a lecturer at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University). Over many years there I have taught economics, economic history and strategic management at both undergraduate land postgraduate levels. I have been head of the departments of both Business and Management as well as serving on many university committees. For many years I was in charge of research degree programmes within the faculty and achieved a Professorship in Automotive Business.
In addition to my publications, my key professional achievements have been my role as a founder member in establishing the Centre for Local Economic Development (now SURGE), the Centre for Business History, which was closed in 1998 and subsequently the Motor Industry Observatory (MIO), which is now consulted regularly by the national and international media to comment on events in the international car industry.
Externally, I have a Visiting Professorship at the University of Caen, and also teach in that capacity at the Universities of Opava and Oulu University of Applied Sciences. I serve on the editorial board of Midland History and am an Associate Editor of the Dictionary of National Biography.
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Professor of Automotive Business, Centre for Business in Society