This analysis shows John Daniels was a very versatile researcher, turning his hand to all the key early IB topics: FDI, exporting, entry modes, strategy, and structure of MNCs, technology transfer, and staffing policies. This latter work in HRM was only recently discovered by other academics; maybe the field of IB wasn’t yet ready for HR research in its early days? Like many of the early IB researchers Daniels was an allrounder, not a narrow specialist. He was also very committed to teaching, with his main textbook going through 17 editions, educating many generations of students into the field of IB for over 35 years.
Looking back – through the lens of John Daniels work – at the early volumes of our top journals such as Journal of International Business Studies and Academy of Management Journal, there is no doubt that our research in Business & Management has gained much in terms of conceptual development, methodological strength, and analytical rigour. However, with this has also come increasing specialisation, which has not necessarily led to a better understanding of complex and multifaceted IB phenomena. Personally, I have enjoyed re-visiting a past where being a generalist didn’t yet seem to be a career-limiting choice.
Note: This analysis was hindered by the fact that John Daniels did not have a Google Scholar Profile. He also had many namesakes, i.e., scholars with the same name. Hence, this profile might not be 100% accurate. If you do find any important missing information or inaccuracies, please let me know.
Professor Anne-Wil Harzing
Middlesex University London
AIB Fellows Bibliometrician