WE are deeply saddened to announce the sudden death of Professor Alan Rugman, head of international business and strategy at Henley Business School and a founding fellow of the John Dunning Centre for International Business, both part of the University of Reading.
Alan was an outstanding academic and a leading figure in both international business and strategic management. His research has shaped how academics and policy makers around the world view international business.
He also had a leading role in the development of Henley Business School, for which he worked tirelessly.
Many will remember him as a valued colleague and friend, others will recall his enjoyment of good intellectual debate. All will remember his passion for his work and his zest for storytelling.
Alan was an early proponent of Internalisation Theory, which along with the Eclectic Paradigm, are the basis of what is popularly known in academic literature as “The Reading School”.