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Rajneesh Narula

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Rajneesh Narula is currently Professor of International Business Regulation and Director of the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business at the  Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. He was a Non-Residential Fellow at the OECD Development Centre, Paris in 2010, and is a  research associate at the United Nations University –MERIT in the Netherlands. He obtained his B. Eng (Electrical Engineering, with Honours) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, his MBA from Rutgers University Graduate School of Management, and his Doctorate in Management from Rutgers University, USA

            Prof. Narula has previously held appointments at the Copenhagen Business School (2002-2004), University of Oslo (1998-2002), BI Norwegian School of Management (2000-2003), and the University of Maastricht (1993-1997).

            Prof. Narula’s research and consulting have focused the internationalization of innovation, R&D alliances, and the role of multinational firms in industrial development. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Globalization and Technology (Polity Press), Multinationals and Industrial Competitiveness (with John Dunning, Edward Elgar), Understanding FDI-assisted Economic Development (with Sanjaya Lall, Routledge), Multinationals on the Periphery (with Gabriel Benito, Palgrave). His publications have appeared in leading journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Research Policy, Journal of Management Studies and Management International Review.

            Prof. Narula is Editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Development Research. He serves (or has served) on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, and Management International Review.

            Before academia, Professor Narula worked as an Engineer in Nigeria, and later as a Planning Analyst at IBM Asia/Pacific Headquarters in Hong Kong.

 He acts regularly as a consultant for UNCTAD, UNIDO, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank and the OECD. He has traveled widely, having undertaken research and consultancy projects or taught in Tanzania, Uganda, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Russia, India, Qatar, UAE, in addition to almost all the countries of the EU.