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The Magna Carta College Faculty team of Professors, Lecturers and Tutors are pre-eminent in their academic fields and very experienced in theory, practice and teaching. We have deliberately gone into a lot of detail on many of our Faculty because this is the College's true strength: spending some time reading below you will see that our faculty really are leaders in their field.

All of us are dedicated to the success of our students; faculty and support staff will work with you to ensure that your programme meets your exact requirements. We put the needs of the student first in a stimulating learning environment. Our success depends on your success.

Professor David Faulkner BSc (Econ), MA, DPhil (Oxford), FIMC
Dean and Core Faculty Member
David Faulkner is currently Professor of Strategy and Director of the MBA programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is also Visiting Research Professor at the Open University and Director of Studies in Management at Exeter College, Oxford University.

After schooling at Kings College School, Wimbledon, Professor Faulkner served for five years as an RAF officer (Aircrew), spending most of his time was as a navigator with 32 and 6 squadrons of Canberra bombers at the Middle East air force base in Cyprus.

On leaving the RAF, he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford, specialising in economics. On completing his Degree, he served briefly as a Principal Economist in the National Economic Development Office and then spent 13 years as a strategic management consultant with two of the world’s leading consultancies in the field; first with McKinsey and Company and then, subsequently with Arthur D Little. During this period of his career, he led a multi-national team that helped reorganise the Government of Tanzania from a centralised unitary state to a Governmental structure with thirteen regions and devolved economic development functions. He also led the team that created Lloyds Bank International from the Bank of London and South America and Lloyds Bank Europe. He subsequently spent two years as Director of Corporate Finance in London and Continental Bankers Limited, working on Mergers and Acquisitions. At Arthur D Little, he led the team advising the Scottish Development Agency on the regeneration of Scotland’s engineering industry.

From 1975 to 1981 he created and ran a sporting goods company, which he founded and developed into a £2million turnover business, manufacturing and selling Frisbee discs and golfing equipment.

Professor Faulkner left the corporate sector in 1991 to pursue an academic career and completed his doctorate at Templeton College, Oxford, writing his thesis on the Key Factors for Success in Strategic Alliances. Over the last eighteen years, he has written and edited eleven books and a large number of articles for academic journals. He has taught at Oxford University, Cranfield, Henley Management College, Warwick Business School, The Judge Business School at Cambridge University, and the Open University. In these posts, he has concentrated on directing, managing, and lecturing on, MBA programmes, while pursuing his research interests in cooperative strategies, mergers & acquisitions, and international strategic management.

From 1995 to 2003, Professor Faulkner was an 'Official Student' (a term for Fellow/Professor) in Management at Christ Church College, Oxford, and made a significant contribution to the development of the University’s Said Business School as Deputy Director, serving also as Director of Undergraduate and, subsequently, Graduate Programmes in Management at the University. A member of the leading team through the start-up of the Said Business School, Oxford, he served on its Executive Committee as the School grew towards its current very substantial size. He is currently Director of Studies in Management at Exeter College, Oxford.

At Royal Holloway, University of London, Professor Faulkner was responsible for developing the MSc in Sustainability and Management, an increasingly popular international degree. He also created the MSc in International Management and marketed it internationally so successfully that it attracted over 100 students in its first year and many more in its second. As Director of the MBA Programme, he shepherded the School of Management through to accreditation by AMBA (The Association of MBAs). He was the founder of Magna Carta College and, as Dean, remains the leading force behind its development.

Professor John Child MA, PhD (Cambridge), ScD, FBA
Core Faculty Member
After gaining a “double first” class honours in Economics at the University of Cambridge, Professor Child received his PhD and ScD from the same university. He holds the Chair of Commerce at the University of Birmingham.

John Child has a distinguished career both as an academic leader and a scholar. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, he worked for Rolls-Royce and then joined the faculty of the London Business School. He later moved to Aston University in Birmingham. He subsequently became the first Dean of the Aston Business School transforming it into a major business school from the former Aston Management Centre. He was seconded to be Dean and Director of the European Community’s China-Europe Management Institute in Beijing from 1989 to 1991. In this capacity, he was able to preserve the Institute despite many pressures for closure following the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989, and it later moved to Shanghai to become the China-Europe International Business School. Returning from China, Professor Child worked to develop the Judge Business School in the University of Cambridge. As the University’s Diageo Professor of Management, he also served as the School’s director from 1991 to 1993. More recently, he moved to the University of Birmingham, close to his family home. He has been an Official Visitor of Nuffield College, Oxford and a Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge.

He has held many senior international visiting positions. These include the Distinguished Visiting Professorship of Management in the University of Hong Kong, where he was the Founding Director of the Chinese Management Centre. Also in China, he is a Visiting Professor in the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University and at the School of Management in Zhejiang University. In Brazil, he has been a visiting professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and is currently a Professor at Universidade FUMEC. He also works closely with the FGV Business School in Sao Paulo. He chairs the Peer Review Committee for research at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Professor Child consults for companies and public bodies on international business, cooperative strategy, post M&A integration, and the development of new organizational forms. He was Chairman of Cailvale Ltd, a pioneering environmental consultancy first established in 1973. He is a member of the inter-governmental Joint Economic and Trade Committee for Brazil and the UK, and was until recently Senior Examiner for the Institute of Export.

As a scholar, Professor Child’s concept of strategic choice has had a major impact on the fields of strategic management and organizational studies. However, his research has covered a broad range of topics including organizational design, management in China, international joint ventures, post-acquisition management, and the internationalization of small and medium sized enterprises. He has published 19 books and approaching 150 articles in scholarly journals. His recent books are Organization: Contemporary Principles and Practice (Blackwell 2005), and Cooperative Strategy (with David Faulkner and Stephen Tallman, Oxford University Press 2005). His new book on Corporate Co-evolution (with Suzana Rodrigues) was published in 2008. He was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Organization Studies, and is currently Senior Editor of the Management and Organization Review as well as serving on several editorial boards. With Suzana Rodrigues, he edits the Wiley-Blackwell series of books on Strategy and Organization.

John Child has received many honours in recognition of his work. These include an Honorary doctorate from the Helsinki School of Economics, the Distinguished Scholar award of the Academy of Management, designation as a Management Laureate, the Distinguished Contribution Award of the International Association for Chinese Management Research, and election as an Honorary Member of the European Group for Organization Studies. He is a Fellow of both the Academy of Management and of the British Academy of Management. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).

Professor Child has been responsible for initiating many new programmes including the Aston Business School’s doctoral programme and the MSc in International Business at the Birmingham Business School. While Dean of the Aston Business School, he forged many international links permitting student placements abroad, and at Birmingham he has been responsible for developing the Dissertation Abroad Programme under which Masters students have internships with companies abroad in which they conduct studies for their dissertations. He currently teaches on organization, cooperative strategy, and research methodology.

Marcus Davison MA (Oxford)
Core Faculty Member
Marcus Davison graduated from Oxford in 1971 with first class honours and several university prizes in classics. He worked for thirty years in a wide variety of positions in banking and finance, including a six-year period in Hamburg as global treasurer of a German foreign trade bank. From 1991 he combined this career as a practitioner with a steadily increasing part-time academic workload, initially on the MBA programme of the Open University Business School, before devoting his time exclusively to lecturing, training and writing from 2001 onwards.

He is co-author, with Janette Rutterford, of the third edition of her highly regarded Introduction to Stock Exchange Investment, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2007.

He has extensive experience as an international trainer and lecturer in an exceptionally wide range of financial subjects, ranging from financial decision making and risk management at the strategic level to more technically focused areas in bonds, equities, derivatives, portfolio and risk management, foreign exchange and money markets. His training activities for major international and regional banks take him to Europe, the Middle East, South and East Asia and the United States.

He is also active as a university lecturer specialising in finance for MBA programmes. In addition to his long-standing association with the UK’s Open University Business School MBA programme, he has been a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London since 2003 and at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business since 2005. He has extensive experience not only of lecturing and examining but also of designing and writing courses in both the conventional and the distance-learning environment.

His other professional interests encompass such diverse activities as undertaking research for expert witnesses in major financial disputes and advising a private equity firm on its bid for a chain of UK independent schools.

Kainan Dong BA, MA
Core Faculty Member
Kainan is currently the China Student Manager at British Study Centres, Oxford, Chinese Tutor at Bellerbys College Oxford and Oxford Tutorial College.

She came to Oxford Jan 2001 to complete her MA in Education Management and started a new career as Overseas Liaison Officer at Oxford Business College since. She joined Study Group International as the Chinese Counsellor Oxford .Meanwhile, Kainan has been one of the few Mandarin Chinese A-level teachers at Oxford, participated and designed the training programme which benefits to many language teachers.

Kainan was the main owner and manager of Oxford Overseas Students Consultancy which set up in 2003 with a couple of academics at Oxford.

While she was in mainland China, Kainan got her MA in Economics from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in 1999 and lecturing in the Department of International Business English as an Associated Professor for 15 years after she got the Postgraduate Teaching Diploma form Dalian Foreign Languages Institute (1989) and BA in English Linguistics and Literature from Shenyang Normal University (1986). At the same time, she was the Head of English at Dalian Girls’ Vocational School.

Kainan published her Guidance to University English in China (2000), her essays on Economics and Education had been very popular on the Taiwan journal Economics (2000-2001).

As a language teaching expertise, Kainan’s TEFL teaching range from nursery toddlers to PHD students; from survival Chinese to exam board , culture workshops and seminars is extremely broad.. in the last seven years at Oxford two thirds of Kainan’s tutorial students went to the top universities, notably Oxford, Imperial London, UCL, Warwick. The other one third got places at various other universities in the UK. Her Chinese A level teaching results have 99.5% A.. GCSEs 100% A*.

Professor Ray Loveridge MA, DLitt (Cambridge)
Core Faculty Member
Professor Loveridge has been a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Said Business School, the University of Oxford since 1998, a member of the University Congregation and permanent member of the SCR of Brasenose College. He was Director of the MSc (Management Research) Programme at the School between 2003 and 2006. He is Professor Emeritus at Aston University and, currently, is Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia and at the British University in Cairo. He was educated at Cheltenham Grammar School, Ruskin College, Oxford, Churchill College, Cambridge and the London School of Economics. He holds a Cambridge MA and a London MSc.

In 2003 he was awarded a LittD by the University of Cambridge. He was formerly a design engineer at Gloster Aircraft Ltd. Academically, he has held tenured positions at the London School of Economics, at London Business School and at Aston University where he was Head of the Strategic Management Division. He has taught as visiting professor at Fudan University, Shanghai; Helwan University, Egypt; McMasters University Ontario; INSEAD and ESSEC, Paris and at the University of Mannheim. He has, singly or jointly, been awarded a number of national and international research grants including an ESRC Programme Grant, an EC programme grant and a joint award from the ASEAN-EU Management Centre Brunei. Over 2007 he has acted as in situ consultant to the UNDP programme of university curriculum development in Middle Eastern countries. He was chief editor of the journal Human Relations from 1989 to 2000, and is currently editorial advisor of Asian Business and Management. He is a Trustee and Council Member of the Tavistock Institute, London. He is married with three daughters from a previous marriage.

Book publications include ‘Information Technology in European Services’ with John Child (1990), ‘The Strategic Management of Technological Innovation’ with M.Pitt (1990). Book chapters include ‘Human Resource Management in the Multinational Enterprise’ with M.Casson and S.Singh in Internationalisation: Process, Context and Markets, G.Hooley, R.Loveridge and D.Wilson (eds) 1998, ‘Institutional Perspectives on Business Strategy’ in D.Faulkner and A. Campbell (eds) The Oxford Handbook on Strategy (2003, 2006),’Embedding Multinationals’ in J.Dunning and Tsai-Mei Lin (eds) Multinational Enterprises and Emerging Challenges of the 21st Century, Chentenham UK: Edward Elgar (2007). Recent articles include ‘The Globalization of the Telecommunications Sector: the dynamics of firms, governments and technologies’, Competition and Change, 1999; ‘Embedding the Multinational Enterprise: bridging internal and external networks in transitional institutional contexts’ Asian Business and Management,4, 2005; ‘Developing Institutions-‘Crony Capitalism’ and National Capabilities: a European Perspective, Asian Business and Management, 5, 2006.

Professor John Samuels B Com, FCCA
Core Faculty Member
After leaving school John Samuels was employed in the Gas Industry where he trained and qualified as an Accountant. He then studied at the University of Birmingham where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Commerce. He later became Professor of Business Finance at that University, and is now an Emeritus Professor. He has at different times been Pro Vice Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science and was twice Head of the Business School at the University of Birmingham.

Whilst being involved in the senior management of the University he was responsible for the establishment and promotion of a number of new academic programmes. Two of the more unusual ones were a programme for the Iranian Ministry of Finance and a joint degree programme with the Thai Chamber of Commerce University.

As well as taking on a leadership role at his University he became a distinguished academic. This was recognised in 2005 when the British Accounting Association awarded Professor Samuels a Life Time Achievement Award.

He has published over 70 articles in academic journals and written eight books, including Management of Company Finance (with F.M.Wilkes and R. Brayshaw) which (through its six editions) was for over 20 years the main British textbook on finance for those studying accounting. His most recent book, to be published early in 2008, is on a different topic, namely ‘The Globalisation of Football – The Beautiful Game is Over.’

Professor Samuels has held visiting appointments in the USA at Purdue University and Tulane University. He is currently involved in teaching at masters level in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mauritius, and in the more recent past has taught regularly on programmes in France and Thailand. He has held external examining appointments in the UK in a number of Universities including Warwick, Lancaster, Cardiff, Nottingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford and Leeds and overseas in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brunei, Zimbabwe, Botswana, West Indies, Kuwait, Mauritius, Malta and the National Univesity of Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin.

He has consulted for a number of major companies and international organisations. He has been a non executive director of Wolseley Hughes plc, (later Wolseley plc) Chairman of Link Computers Services and a director of Birmingham Research and Development, of Birmingham Venture Capital and of Birmingham Business Support Centre. Outside the UK he has undertaken consulting work in Kuwait, Cyprus, Pakistan and Nigeria. The appointments he has held outside academic and business life have included being Chairman of Birmingham Volunteer Service Council and a Trustee of the Acton Society.

He has over the years been involved with the editing of a number of journals including Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Accounting and Business Research, Applied Economics, and Managerial Finance. He is currently joint editor of Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies.

His research activities have in the past been focused on international accounting and international finance but his more recent work has been connected with the economics of sport.

Professor Chris Hackley PhD MSc BSc (Hons) BA (Hons) DipPsych PGCE FRSA
Associate Faculty Member
Professor Chris Hackley was appointed to the first Chair in Marketing at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2004. Prior to that, he was Senior Lecturer in Marketing, leader of the Marketing Academic Group and Programme Director of the MSc Marketing, at the University of Birmingham. Professor Hackley has also held academic posts teaching Marketing at Aston Business School, Oxford Brookes University and the University of Derby. In addition, for three years he taught Social Psychology for the Open University as an Associate Lecturer in their Social Sciences faculty.

Chris earned his PhD in mid-career from the first Department of Marketing established in the UK, at Strathclyde University. His thesis focused on the work of London advertising agencies. His other degrees include a MSc in Marketing from the University of Salford, a first class honours BSc in Social Science from the Open University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology. He is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.

Chris has wide experience teaching Marketing Management, Marketing Strategy and Marketing Communication on undergraduate, MBA and MSc programmes. While at Aston Business School, Chris created a popular new Marketing Communications elective course which he has subsequently developed and taught to under- and postgraduate students at Birmingham and now Royal Holloway. His research-based text book Advertising and Promotion: Communicating Brands, published by Sage, embodies the work that has gone into this course.

Professor Hackley’s research publication includes an account of his PhD research in the British Journal of Management. He subsequently extended that research programme to American agencies and published the new findings in the Journal of Advertising Research. Chris has also published work on critical pedagogic issues in Marketing Management education in the European Journal of Marketing and Journal of Management Studies. Other areas of research publication include political marketing, consumption and identity, the latter as part of a £200,000 ESRC funded study with colleagues from Bath and Birmingham Universities. Chris is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Marketing Communication, the International Journal of Advertising and International Journal of Market Research, and an occasional contributor of feature articles to trade press publications such as Admap, THES and The Psychologist.

Dr G. Harindranath BA, MA, PhD (LSE)
Associate Faculty Member
Dr G. Harindranath is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Director of the Distance Learning MBA in International Management at Royal Holloway, University of London. Hari holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics, and his research interests include information infrastructure policy and e-government initiatives in transition economies, ICT use in small and medium sized firms, and ICT and economic development. Hari is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Global Information Management, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Knowledge Management. He has published in a range of international journals and regularly serves on the programme committees of major international conferences in information systems. He has extensive, international teaching experience in both academic and corporates programmes in business and management.

Professor Brendan McSweeney BComm (NUI), PhD (LSE), FRSA
Associate Faculty Member
Brendan McSweeney is Professor of Management, Convenor of the Accounting, Finance & Economics Group, and Director of the Full-time MBA at the School of Management, Royal Holloway College, University of London. Prior to his appointment to Royal Holloway he was at the University of Essex and Warwick Business School. He has published articles in major scholarly journals including: Accounting, Organizations & Society; Human Relations; The Political Quarterly; and the Journal of International Business Studies. He has also written many articles for practitioner journals. Prior to becoming an academic he worked in banking and was director of a venture capital company. He has taught on senior management courses of companies such as: Albert Fisher; Allied-Domecq; Carlsberg-Tetley; Corus; Deloitte & Touche; Fisons; GPT; Jardine Pacific; Manor Bakeries; Midland Bank; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Ranks Hovis McDougall; Reed International; Saatchi & Saatchi/Cordiant; and Tullis Russell. He has been consultant to a number of companies and organisations.

Jason de Mink, BA, LLB, LLM (Cape Town), Attorney
Associate Faculty Member
Lecturer in Law at the University of Buckingham. He Graduated from the University of Cape Town where he went on to do an LLM in Commercial Law. He has practised law in South Africa and the UK , as well as working as an advisor at a trust company. Currently completing a PhD at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, on the investment duties of trustees. He has published on the pitfalls of trustee investment. Mr de Mink teaches Law of Trusts, Land Law and Law of Contract. His research interests include the trustees' fiduciary duties in relation to trust assets and manufacturer's liability in defective sports equipment.

Dr Uday Phadke MA (Cantab) PhD
Associate Faculty Member
Dr. Uday Phadke is the founder and Chief Executive of Cartezia (, which specialises in the design and building of new products, services and businesses for the emerging digital marketplace. The principal focus of his activities is to analyse and create custom-built strategies for new start-ups and many of the world’s leading music, newspaper and TV groups, retailers, computer, telecommunications and consumer electronics companies and financial services organisations.

Dr. Phadke read Engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge. His professional career over the last twenty years has spanned technical, operational and business development roles in the engineering, computing, electronics, media and investment industries, punctuated by several spells in academia. Prior to setting up Cartezia in 1997, he was a founder-Director of Generics, a Cambridge-based high technology company that developed innovative new products and services for a wide range of international companies, and European Director of Computing and Telecommunications for PA Consulting.

Dr. Phadke has been extensively involved over the past fifteen years in providing strategic guidance and training to senior executives in a wide range of industries. In particular, he devised and ran the annual top management forums in New York and Los Angeles on Strategic Technology Planning for the Conference Board in the United States. Dr. Phadke has lectured extensively in Europe, North America and Asia on the business impact of digital convergence; in particular, he has delivered keynote addresses at the World Newspaper Congress and the Asia-Pacific Newspaper Publishers Conference. He was previously a Member of the International Council for the Management of Innovation and Technology.

During this period, Dr. Phadke has also advised senior management in a wide range of media, telecommunications, technology and investment companies including Vodafone, Hewlett-Packard, Burda, Mannesman, France Telecom, EMAP, BT, Scottish Telecom, AT&T, Canon, BBC, Reed-Elsevier, ICL, Microsoft, Royal Bank of Scotland, Motorola, Amazon, Hearst, Bear Stearns and Disney. He has also been closely involved in the nurturing of several new mobile and broadband start-ups.

Dr.Phadke is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institutes of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He also provides specialist lectures on research and innovation strategies at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Westminister. He has also recently created and delivered a new Masters course in International Entrepreneurship at Royal Holloway University of London. He currently serves on the Boards of several early-stage businesses, including Dezineforce, where he is non-Executive Chairman.

Richard Ramsey MA, (Oxon & Cantab) MSc, LLB (London)
Associate Faculty Member
Senior Lecturer in Law at Oxford Brookes University, Richard Ramsey's research interests lie in literature and law and legal history. He is particularly interested in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, notably English drama and how the law and lawyers are presented. His research extends to considering how Renaissance writers portray law and its functions within society and the role of common law in fostering national identify; the treatment of magic as an important element of, or separate from, 'Renaissance Humanism'; the treatment of witchcraft and related evidential issues.

Professor Suzana B. Rodrigues BSc, MA, PhD
Associate Faculty Member
Professor Suzana Rodrigues is Professor of International Business and Organization at the Birmingham Business School. She joined the University of Birmingham in 2001 from the Federal University of Minas Gerais [UFMG] in Brazil. She originally trained as a Chartered Psychologist. She received her Bachelor in Psychology and Master in Administration degrees from UFMG. In 1980 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Bradford Management Centre for a study of strategic decision making in British companies. Before joining Birmingham, Suzana worked at UFMG as Associate Professor of Research Methods in Psychology, then becoming Adjunct Professor of Management in 1980. In 1990, she was promoted to Professor of International Management and Organization.

After receiving her doctorate, Suzana returned to Brazil where she directed the MBA Programme at UFMG, raising its rating to one of the best in the country. She was Scientific Director and then President of the Brazilian Academy of Management for a six year period. Suzana was also member of Cnpq [Brazilian National Research Council] for two terms of office. She was a member of CAPES – the national committee for the evaluation of master and doctoral programmes in Brazil. She also created and directed the Technology Transfer Office at UFMG.

Suzana has held various international positions. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Universities of Alberta, Bradford and St Andrews. In the 1990s she undertook research with colleagues at the Judge Business School in Cambridge. She was elected a Visiting Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge in 1992 and in 2002 was invited to become a visiting fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. Suzana still maintains active contact with business schools in Brazil. She is a faculty member of FUMEC in Belo Horizonte and works with Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo.

At the Birmingham Business School, Suzana has again taken a lead in promoting new developments. Together with John Child, she established a new MSc in International Business, later becoming its Director. During this directorship she helped to create the Dissertation Abroad Programme through which students are offered research opportunities through internships in major companies in countries such as Brazil, China and Hungary. Suzana is also Director of CIBOR [Centre for International Business and Organization Research], to which she has been able to recruit high calibre international scholars to collaborate in teaching and research. At Birmingham, she has developed new courses in business ethics, cross-cultural management, and global corporate governance; she also teaches on research methods.

Suzana's research has been developed in the interface of three areas - international business, corporate governance and corporate strategy evolution - between which there has been relatively little mainstream discourse. While in Brazil she undertook research on international strategic alliances by Brazilian firms as part of a major project comparing joint ventures between Brazil and China. At that time she was also engaged in consultancy for the Brazilian government. She was commissioned by the Ministry of Science and Technology to help Brazilian firms from the high technology sector to link with prospective Chinese partners. That initiative led her to develop research on negotiations between Brazilian and Chinese firms.

She believes that both specialization and integration are key dimensions of the capacity to innovate in research. Working with John Child, she has been responsible for ESRC-funded research on the entry of British SMEs into the Brazilian market. She is now leading a new research project extending this work on the internationalization of SMEs to other emerging economies, such as China and Nigeria. This new work focuses on the role of relationships and trust development in international business.

Suzana has published widely in Portuguese and in English with 5 books, 54 articles in scholarly journals and 70 conference papers. Her key work has been in the area of co-evolution and organization transformation, focusing on the evolution of a major Brazilian telecommunications company during its 27-year life-span. This study is unique in several respects. First, because of its longitudinal scope: it relies on massive and diversified sources of data collected during 21 years of research. Second, and in contrast to previous studies, it examines the co-evolution of a company and its environment through a political perspective. The findings from this research have been brought together in a book on Corporate Co-evolution, co-authored with John Child and published by Blackwell in 2008.

Dr Bill Ryan BA (IMI), MBA, PhD (Lond)
Associate Faculty Member
Bill Ryan is Lecturer in Accounting at the School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London where he is also tutor in International Business Strategy on the distance learning MBA programme. He also teaches on external company training programmes including Mellon Financial Corporation. Before entering academic life, he held a number of senior management positions in Accounting and Change Management in companies such as Chrysler and the 3M Corporation. His research is in the general area of Management Control and spans Accounting and Business Strategy.

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