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About Geoffrey Jones

Geoffrey Jones is the Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at the Harvard Business School. Professor Jones earned his B.A. and Ph.D degrees at Cambridge University, and holds an honorary Doctorate in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and an honorary Ph.D degree from the University of Helsinki. He has taught in Britain, the Netherlands and the United States, and has held Visiting Professorships in Colombia and Japan. Professor Jones is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, a Fellow of the Japan Academy of International Business Studies, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Jones researches the history of globalization and global business, the ecological and social responsibility of business, and the business history of emerging markets. Among his books on these themes are British Multinational Banking 1830-1990 (1993), Merchants to Multinationals (2000), Renewing Unilever (2005), Multinationals and Global Capitalism (2005), Beauty Imagined. A History of the Global Beauty Industry (2010), and Profits and Sustainability. A History of Green Entrepreneurship (2017). He has published extensively in both history journals, including Business History Review and Economic History Review, and management journals, including Journal of International Business Studies and Strategic Management Journal.

Professor Jones established and co-directs the Creating Emerging Markets oral history project at Harvard Business School. This project conducts lengthy interviews with the most impactful business leaders in Africa, Asia and Latin America over the last four decades. The transcripts and video materials are fully accessible online for research and teaching purposes.