The Dunning Centres addresses two key aspects relating to contemporary business. Firstly, we apply the ‘Reading School’ approach to the analysis of international business, to evaluate the impact of international business on socioeconomic and managerial issues. These issues can include firm performance, sustainable development, CSR, and the management of human resources within MNEs. We have a special interest in growth, development and inequality and how international business (through both trade and investment) affects the strategies of firms and the evolution of local economies in developing countries.
Much of our research pays special attention to the development challenges and opportunities associated with the activities of cross-border activities of multinational firms. This is not just intellectualizing for its own sake. In an increasingly complex and constantly evolving socio-economic world, politically salient and relevant research-driven policy advice can have long-term consequences.
Secondly, the Dunning Centres are concerned with business strategy per se, as implemented in all types of firms (including small and medium-size enterprises), and a wide range of industries and competitive contexts. A considerable amount of research by the Centre relates to technology strategy, including its manifestation in firms’ approach to R&D and innovation.
An area where the Dunning Centre has been especially strong is in our interaction with policy makers, think-tanks and international agencies. Over the last half century, we have fed into policy and regulation discussions at various levels, and in various countries, whether through our former students, or by our members, associate members and fellows, both past and present.
We have the benefit of having both a well-developed network of virtual partners across almost all countries in the world, as well as a formal presence in Africa and Europe.