John A. Mathews is Professor of Strategic Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University in Sydney, where he has taught graduate MBA classes for the past decade and a half. He is concurrently Eni Chair of Competitive Dynamics and Global Strategy at LUISS Guido Carli University, in Rome, where he has taught Masters’ level courses in International Business and in the Economics and Management of the Energy Business. He was the first appointment to this new Chair. He is the author of several books including Strategizing, Disequilibrium and Profit (Stanford University Press, 2006), Dragon Multinational: A New Model of Global Growth (Oxford University Press, 2002), and Tiger Technology: The Creation of a Semiconductor Industry in East Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2000), this latter appearing in a Chinese translation published by Peking University Press. Professor Mathews’ most recent contribution to the debate over future directions for strategy and entrepreneurship studies is his paper ‘Lachmannian insights into strategic entrepreneurship: Resources, activities and routines in a disequilibrium world’, published in the journal Organization Studies in February 2010.
Professor Mathews’ research has increasingly focused for the past decade on the inter-related topics of low-carbon economy, renewable energy and the industrial dynamics of transition away from fossil-fuelled systems; on industrial clusters and networked development; and on the rise of China in the global economy. Papers addressing these topics are currently under review (e.g. ‘China’s energy industrial revolution’ by the journal Energy Policy) or recently published (e.g. China’s moves towards adopting a Circular Economy, in Journal of Industrial Ecology, or Mobilizing private financing to drive an energy industrial revolution, in Energy Policy). A book-length treatment of the Next Great Transformation: The Greening of Capitalism, is currently under review by Cambridge University Press. Prior to this latest emphasis, his research focused on the internationalization of firms from the Periphery, taking advantage of opportunities created by globalization, and expounded in such publications as those related to ‘Dragon multinationals’; and on patterns of technological learning in the newly-industrializing countries of East Asia, with emphasis first on high-tech industries like semiconductors and flat panel displays, and latterly on renewable energies and solar photovoltaic systems. Most recently, Professor Mathews was an invited participant in the Symposium ‘Greening Urban Growth’, staged in Penang in February 2012 and organized by The Growth Dialogue and the Penang-based ThinkCity; and an invited contributor to the Global Green Growth Summit staged in Seoul in May 2012.