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John Hagedoorn has an M.Sc. in economic sociology and political economy from the University of Leiden (cum laude) and a PhD. in industrial organization economics from the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands).

His professional experience ranges from policy research to academic research and from applied economics to management and international business studies.
He worked as (senior) researcher for the Dutch research organisation TNO, for UNU-MERIT and for Maastricht University as professor of Strategy and International Business at the School of Business and Economics.
He is currently professor of Strategy and International Business at Royal Holloway, University of London, School of Management, professorial fellow with the United Nations University - MERIT in Maastricht, and honorary professor (emeritus) at Maastricht University.

He was a visiting scholar and visiting professor at SPRU (University of Sussex) in 1983-1984, CEPR (Stanford University) 1996, CISTP (The George Washington University) 1997, the Haas School of the University of California at Berkeley 1998-1999, the University of Paris 1999 and the business school of the National University of Singapore 2004.

John Hagedoorn developed courses on Alliances and M&As, International Business, Innovation Management, International Business History, European Strategic Management, Economics of Technical Change. During the period 1993-1998 he initiated and coordinated the very successful International Business degree program at the University of Maastricht.
His research is published in a wide variety of journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Business History, Business History Review, Global Strategy Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Media Economics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Managerial and Decision Economics, Organization Studies, Research Policy, Review of Industrial Organization, Small Business Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Technovation, and World Development.
He is at the editorial board of a number of journals and acts as a referee for a large number of journals.

He is a member of the Academy of Management, the British Academy of Management, the UK-based Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Apart from academic research his professional experience is frequently used as a consultant for international organizations such as the EC, the European Investment Bank, the OECD and the UN, and for major companies such as General Motors and the Dutch chemical company DSM.