Thomas Lawton is Professor of Strategy and International Management at the Open University Business School. He is also Visiting Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in the USA. He is a Founding Member of the Strategic Management Forum, Fellow of the Strategic Planning Society and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Professor Lawton holds degrees from University College Cork and the London School of Economics and has a doctorate in political science from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He has previously held faculty positions at Cranfield University, EMLYON Business School, Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration, the London School of Economics and Royal Holloway University of London. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, EU Human Capital Mobility Fellow at the University of Essex and a Research Fellow at INSEAD.
Prof. Lawton's work is situated at the intersection of strategic innovation, entrepreneurship and internationalization. His research expertise is in business model innovation; new organizational forms and strategic processes for corporate political activity (CPA) and corporate social responsibility (CSR); and the management and mitigation of political risk when entering and embedding in foreign markets.
He is Associate Editor of Long Range Planning and on the Editorial Advisory Board of International Business Review and the Irish Journal of Management. He has published almost 50 papers and book chapters, including articles in leading journals such as Academy of Management Perspectives, International Business Review, Long Range Planning, Management International Review, and Strategic Organization. He is the author or editor of 8 books, including Strange Power (2000) and Strategic Management in Aviation (2008). His best known, Breakout Strategy: meeting the challenge of double-digit growth, published by McGraw-Hill, New York in 2007, was translated into Japanese by Nikkei Publishing and widely commended for its global focus and relevance to practicing managers and aspiring leaders. His latest co-authored book, Aligning for Advantage: competitive strategies for the political and social arenas, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. He co-edited The Routledge Companion to Non-Market Strategy, published in 2015.
Strategic Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship, and International Strategy
Thomas has served as a Non-Executive Director of high tech start-ups and has worked for 20 years in consulting and executive development, advising entrepreneurs and managers on how to develop and enhance their strategic thinking and practice. He has partnered with a wide range of companies and organizations in developing their present and future leaders and charting their international growth trajectories. He has also been Academic Director of the global Executive MBA in International Financial Services Management for JP Morgan Asset Management. He has facilitated senior management and board level workshops and run executive programs on corporate strategy, leadership and international business dynamics at universities and corporations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Thomas is a frequent media commentator and has been cited or published in outlets including Corriere della Sera, European CEO, The Conversation, The Straits Times and Sunday Business Post. He is a regular contributor to the BBC, Channel 4 and Jeff Randall Live on Sky News. He also contributes to the Economic Intelligence blog of U.S. News & World Report.
External Examiner, University College Dublin; Visting appointments and research collaborations at the Athens Laboratory for Business Administration (Greece), EMLYON Business School (France), Imperial College Business School (UK), the Moller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge (UK), and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (USA).
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (USA); EMLYON Business School (France); University College Dublin (Ireland).