Cantwell, John

Dr. Cantwell is Distinguished Professor of International Business at Rutgers University, having been in Rutgers Business School and the Division of Global Affairs since 2002. He was previously Professor of International Economics at the University of Reading in the UK. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", the University of the Social Sciences, Toulouse, and the University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna. Professor Cantwell's published research spans the fields of International Business and Management, Economics, Economic History and Philosophy, Economic Geography, and Innovation Studies. Dr. Cantwell is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), and he is serving as the Dean of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) Fellows from 2015-18.

Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications


  • "Innovation and international business", Industry and Innovation, Vol. 24, No. 1, January 2017, pp. 41-60.
  • "Internationalization in the information age: a new era for places, firms, and international business networks?", Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 47, No. 5, 2016, pp. 499-512 (with J. Alcacer and L. Piscitello). 
  • “Historical changes in the determinants of the composition of innovative activity in MNC subunits”, Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 23, No. 3, (2014) pp. 633-66 (with Piscitello, Lucia).
  • “Revisiting International Business Theory: A Capabilities-Based Theory of the MNE.” Journal of International Business Studies Vol. 45, No. 1 (2014).
  • “Do foreign-owned subsidiaries in China follow a distinctive pattern of technological knowledge sourcing?”, Management and Organizations Review, Vol. 9, No. 3 (2013) pp. 489-51 (with Zhang, Feng). 
  • “Changes in Trade Policies and the Heterogeneity of Domestic and Multinational Firms’ Strategic Response: The Effects on Firm-Level Capabilities.” World Development Vol. 40 (2012) (with Jahan Ara Peerally). 
  • “Physical Attraction and the Geography of Knowledge Sourcing in Multinational Enterprises.” Global Strategy Journal Vol. 1, No. 3-4 (2011) (with Ram Mudambi). 
Chapter in edited volume: 
  • “The Role of International Business in the Global Spread of Technological Innovation,” in International Business and Institutions After the Financial Crisis, eds. Yama Temouri and Chris Jones (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
  • “Innovative Firms in Emerging Market Countries: An Introduction,” in Innovative Firms in Emerging Market Countries, eds. Edmund Amann and John Cantwell (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
Faculty Type: 
Rutgers Business School
Europe, United States
Professor of Business
Ph.D., University of Reading
Office Location: 
1 Washington Park, Room 1093
Areas of Specialization: 
Technological innovation and International Business

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