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Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Business and Law

John WilsonProfessor John Wilson


Professor John Wilson is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Law. He joined Northumbria University in 2017 from Newcastle University, where he was Director of its Business School.

John has a BA and a PhD.

Managing a very busy Faculty of Business and Law, meeting the various challenges associated with research, teaching and knowledge exchange with creative solutions that both enhance Northumbria’s reputation and provide an appropriate working environment for colleagues. We aim to rank amongst the best Law and Business Schools, nationally and internationally, putting quality at the heart of everything we do.

Professor Wilson has developed effective working relationships with both the portfolio PVCs and Heads of services in order to ensure that the Faculty of Business and Law’s aims and aspirations match those of the University as a whole. This work is essential in order to ensure that we co-ordinate resourcing and strategy.

As a very active researcher, specialising in the field of international business history, I work constantly in extensive networks aimed at improving the profile of the discipline and organising ambitious projects that deepen our understanding of how business systems have evolved and influence current practices.

Research Interests and Focus: International business history; strategy; knowledge transfer.

Recent research: ‘Restoring trust in the UK’s financial institutions’ (with Anna Tilba, Durham); ‘Industrial Districts and Networks’; ‘Business history and methodological issues’

High profile research

Submitted bids and bids won. In collaboration with scholars at the University of South East Norway, we have just submitted a bid for 10 million krone to the Norwegian Research Council to support a comparative study of business leadership and values.

Recent publications:

  • [with Anthony Webster and Nicholas Wong] (2020) "Commerce with a bit of Ethics, or Ethics with a bit of Commerce? The Conundrum of British Consumer Co-operation 1863-1990", Journal of Management History, 2020.
  • [with Mark Billings] (2019) ‘“Breaking new ground”: The National Enterprise Board, Ferranti and Britain’s Pre-history of Privatization’, Enterprise and Society, 2019.
  • British corporate networks, 1976–2010: Extending the study of finance–industry relationships, Buchnea, E., Tilba, A., Wilson, J. 12 Aug 2018, In: Business History
  • The British corporate network, 1904–1976: Revisiting the finance–industry relationship, Wilson, J., Buchnea, E., Tilba, A. 2018, In: Business History
  • Vocabularies of Motive and Temporal Perspectives: Examples of Pension Fund Engagement and Disengagement, Tilba, A., Wilson, J. Jul 2017, In: British Journal of Management
  • Introduction, Wilson, J., Toms, S., de Jong, A., Buchnea, E. 1 Dec 2016, The Routledge companion to business history, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • The Routledge companion to business history, Wilson, J., Toms, S., de Jong, A., Buchnea, E. 1 Dec 2016


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