Henley Business School


Henley Business School
The John H. Dunning Chair of International Business

Rajneesh Narula is the John H. Dunning Chair of International Business Regulation at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. His research and consulting have focused on the role of multinational firms in development, innovation and industrial policy, R&D alliances and outsourcing. He has published over a 100 articles and chapters in books on these themes. He regularly acts as a consultant and advisor to the European Commission, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the OECD, and a variety of other international organisations. He holds honorary appointments at UNU-MERIT, Norwegian School of Business and Oxford University. 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.

Module Convenor for International Strategic Management, Contemporary Issues in International Business, and Industrialisation and the Multinational Enterprise.

Research supervision

Professor Narula is currently supervisor for the following students

Maite Alves-Bezerra "Reverse knowledge transfer and dual embeddedness impact: an exploratory view about Brazilian multinational enterprises"

Alexander Cats "Performance implications, learning and parter effects in international strategic alliances"

Andre De Miranda Pineli Alves - "Is the international business canon capable to explain the patterns of internationalization of firms from emerging economies"

Jose Luis Quintana-Goyeneche "Why and with what impact does business group affiliation affect innovation?  Colombia, 1982-2012.

Mohammad Wahed "Is there a correlation between higher quality of FDI?"



Collinson, S. and Narula, R. (2014) Asset recombination in international partnerships as a source of improved innovation capabilities in China. Multinational Business Review, 22 (4). ISSN 1525-383X doi: 10.1108/MBR-09-2014-0046

Narula, R. (2014) Exploring the paradox of competence-creating subsidiaries: balancing bandwidth and dispersion in MNEs. Long Range Planning, 47 (1-2). pp. 4-15. ISSN 0024-6301 doi: 10.1016/j.lrp.2013.10.006

Narula, R. and Kirollos, K. (2013) Las empresas multinacionales de los países emergentes en los flujos de capitales globales ¿Pueden influir en el desarrollo? Información Comercial Española, 870. pp. 97-116. ISSN 0019-977X

Narula, R. (2012) Do we need different frameworks to explain infant MNEs from developing countries? Global Strategy Journal, 2 (3). pp. 188-204. ISSN 2042-5805 doi: 10.1111/j.2042-5805.2012.01035.x

Narula, R. and Driffield, N. (2012) Does FDI cause development? The ambiguity of the evidence and why it matters.European Journal of Development Research, 24 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 0957-8811 doi: 10.1057/ejdr.2011.51

Narula, R. and Santangelo, G. D. (2012) Location and collocation advantages in international innovation. Multinational Business Review, 20 (1). pp. 6-25. ISSN 1525-383X doi: 10.1108/15253831211217161

Meyer, K.E., Mudambi, R. and Narula, R. (2011) Multinational enterprises and local contexts: the opportunities and challenges of multiple embeddedness. Journal of Management Studies, 48 (2). pp. 235-252. ISSN 1467-6486 doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.2010.00968.x

Narula, R. and Guimón, J. (2010) The investment development path in a globalised world: implications for Eastern Europe. Eastern Journal of European Studies, 1 (2). pp. 5-19. ISSN 2068-6633

Narula, R. and Dunning , J. H. (2010) Multinational enterprises, development and globalisation: some clarifications and a research agenda. Oxford Development Studies, 38 (3). 263-287 . ISSN 1469-9966 doi:10.1080/13600818.2010.505684

Narula, R. (2010) Keeping the eclectic paradigm simple. Multinational Business Review, 18 (2). pp. 35-50. ISSN 1525-383X

Narula, R. and Bellak, C. (2009) EU enlargement and consequences for FDI-assisted industrial development.Transnational Corporations, 18 (2). pp. 69-89. ISSN 1014-9562

Narula, R. and Santangelo, G. D. (2009) Location, collocation and R&D alliances in the European ICT industry. Research Policy, 38 (2). pp. 393-403. ISSN 0048-7333 doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2008.11.005

Criscuolo, P. and Narula, R. (2008) A novel approach to national technological accumulation and absorptive capacity: aggregating Cohen and Levinthal. European Journal of Development Research, 20 (1). pp. 56-73. ISSN 1743-9728 doi:10.1080/09578810701853181

Criscuolo, P. and Narula, R. (2007) Using multi-hub structures for international R&D: organisational inertia and the challenges of implementation. Management International Review, 47 (5). pp. 639-660. ISSN 1861-8901 doi:10.1007/s11575-007-0038-9

Criscuolo, P., Narula, R. and Verspagen, B. (2005) Role of home and host country innovation systems in R&D internationalisation: a patent citation analysis. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 14 (5). pp. 417-433. ISSN 1476-8364 doi: 10.1080/1043859042000315285

Lall, S. and Narula, R. (2004) Foreign direct investment and its role in economic development: do we need a new agenda? The European Journal of Development Research, 16 (3). pp. 447-464. ISSN 0957-8811 doi:10.1080/0957881042000266589

Narula, R. (2004) R&D collaboration by SMEs: new opportunities and limitations in the face of globalisation.Technovation, 24 (2). pp. 153-161. ISSN 0166-4972 doi: 10.1016/S0166-4972(02)00045-700045-7)

Narula, R. and Duysters, G. (2004) Globalisation and trends in international R&D alliances. Journal of International Management, 10 (2). pp. 199-218. ISSN 1075-4253 doi: 10.1016/j.intman.2004.02.007

Book or Report Section

Narula, R. (2014) The limits of 'new' multinational enterprises: institutions, systems, and 'members-only' location advantages. In: Cuervo-Cazurra , A. and Ramamurti , R. (eds.) Understanding multinationals from emerging markets. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 81-107. ISBN 9781107064539

Narula, R. (2014) Foreign direct investment as a driver of industrial development: why is there so little evidence? In:Verbeke, A., van Tulder, R. and Strange, R. (eds.) Progress in International Business Research. Emerald Publishing, pp. 45-67. ISBN 9781781909898 doi: 10.1108/S1745-8862(2013)00000080080000008008)

Narula, R. and Guimón, J. (2012) The role of multinational corporations in the national innovation systems of the EU new member states. In: Heidenreich , M. (ed.) Innovation and institutional embeddedness of multinational companies. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 311-328. ISBN 9780857934321

Narula, R. and Dunning, J.H. (2012) Multinational enterprises, development and globalization: some clarifications and a research agenda. In: Pietrobelli, C. and Rasiah, R. (eds.) Evidence-based development economics: essays in honor of Sanjaya Lall. University of Malaya Press, Kuala Lumpar, pp. 19-40. ISBN 9789831005439 (In Press)

Narula, R. and Santangelo, G.D. (2012) New insights on the role of location advantages in international innovation. In:Verbeke, A. and Merchant, H. (eds.) Edward Elgar Handbook of Research on International Strategic Management. Edward Elgar, Aldershot. (In Press)

Narula, R. (2011) Attracting and embedding R&D in multinational firms: policy options for EU new member states. In:Radosovic , S. and Kaderabkova, A. (eds.) Challenges for European innovation policy: cohesion and excellence from a Schumpeterian perspective. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. ISBN 9781849803090

Narula, R. and Michel, J. (2010) Reverse knowledge transfer and its implications for European policy. In: Ahrweiler, P.(ed.) Innovation in complex social systems. Routledge studies in global competition (49). Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415558709

Narula, R. (2009) Do multinationals matter for emerging markets, or vice versa? In: Dolfsma, W., Duysters, G. andCosta, I. (eds.) Multinationals and emerging economies: the quest for innovation and sustainability. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 75-77. ISBN 9781848440081

Benito, G. R. G., Larimo, J., Narula, R. and Pedersen, T. (2009) Multinational enterprises from small economies: the internationalization patterns of large companies from Denmark, Finland and Norway. In: Van Den Bulcke, D., Verbeke, A. and Yuan, W. (eds.) Handbook on small nations in the global economy: the contribution of multinational enterprises to national economic success. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 135-153. ISBN 9781843765929

Narula, R. (2008) Multinational enterprises. In: Reinert, K., Rajan, R.S., Glass, A. and Davis, L. (eds.) Princeton Encyclopaedia of the World Economy. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691128122

Criscuolo, P. and Narula, R. (2008) A novel approach to national technological accumulation and absorptive capacity: aggregating Cohen and Levinthal. In: Meyer, K. E. (ed.) Multinational Enterprises and Host Economies. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. ISBN 9781847206473

Narula, R. and Portelli, B. (2007) Foreign direct investment and economic development: opportunities and limitations from a developing country perspective. In: Piscitello, L. and Santangelo, G. D. (eds.) Do multinationals feed local development and growth? Elsevier, The Netherlands, pp. 13-34. ISBN 9780080453606

Narula, R. (2006) Knowledge creation and why it matters for development. In: Globalization of R&D and developing countries. UNCTAD, Geneva, pp. 43-60. ISBN 9211126940

Narula, R. and Zanfei, A. (2004) Globalisation of innovation: the role of multinational enterprises. In: Fagerberg, J.,Mowery, D. C. and Nelson, R. R. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Innovation. Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management . Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199264551

Cantwell, J.A. and Narula, R. (2003) Revisiting the eclectic paradigm: new developments and current issues. In:Cantwell, J.A. and Narula, R. (eds.) International business and the eclectic paradigm: developing the OLI framework. Routledge Studies in International Business and the World Economy. Routledge, London, pp. 1-24. ISBN 9780415316781

Narula, R. (2003) Understanding the growth of international R&D alliances. In: Cantwell , J. and Molero, J. (eds.) Multinational Enterprises, Innovative Strategies and Systems of Innovation. New Horizons in International Business. Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781843764793


Narula, R. and Rugman, A. (2014) Introduction to the special issue on competence-creating subsidiaries. Long Range Planning (special issue), 47 (1-2). Elsevier . doi: 10.1016/j.lrp.2013.10.005

Lall, S. and Narula, R., eds. (2009) Understanding FDI-assisted economic development. Routledge, London, pp298. ISBN 9780415568371

Benito, G. R. G. and Narula, R. (2007) Multinationals on the periphery. Palgrave, pp288. ISBN 9781403991669

Dunning, J. H. and Narula, R., eds. (2004) Multinationals and industrial competitiveness. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, pp304. ISBN 9781843766865

Cantwell, J.A. and Narula, R. (2003) International business and the eclectic paradigm: developing the OLI framework.Routledge Studies in International Business and the World Economy. Routledge, London, pp320. ISBN 9780415316781


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