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Prof Richard Whitley

Role: Emeritus Professor




Richard Whitley joined Manchester Business School in 1968 after undertaking research at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published extensively on the organisation of the natural and social sciences, including The Intellectual and Social Organisation of the Sciences (Oxford University Press 1984, 2000).

More recently, he has studied the nature of capitalism in East Asia and Western Europe, as well as researching the development of firms and markets in Eastern Europe and the development of innovation systems. Recent books on these topics have included Business Systems in East Asia (Sage 1992), European Business Systems (Sage 1992), The Changing European Firm (Routledge 1996), Governance at Work: The Social Regulation of Economic Relations (Oxford University Press 1997), Divergent Capitalisms: The Social Structuring and Change of Business Systems (Oxford University Press 1999), National Capitalisms, Global Competition and Economic Performance (Benjamin, 2000), The Multi-national Firm (Oxford University Press, 2001), Competing Capitalisms (Edward Elgar, 2002) Changing Capitalisms? Internationalization, institutional change and systems of economic organization (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Business Systems and Organisational Capabilities: The institutional structuring of compeititive competences (Oxford University Press, 2007).

He has also edited a special issue of Organization Studies on 'The Institutional Dynamics of Innovation Systems' (volume 21 (5), 2000), co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Management Studies on 'The Changing Multinational Firm' (volume 40 (3) 2003) and co-edited a special issue of Organization Studies on 'Institutions, Markets and Organizations' (volume 26 (12) 2005). Richard has served as co-director of the European Science Foundation's Programme on European Management and Organisations in Transition (1993-97); as chair of the European Group for Organisational Studies (1998-99), and as president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-economics in 1999-2000. In 1998-99 he was Fellow in residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences and in 1999-2000 he was visiting professor at the Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. From 2000-2004 he was a Visiting Professor in Comparative Business Systems at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.