Tutorial Fellow in Management, Brasenose College
Peter Moores Associate Professor in Chinese Business Studies, Saïd Business School;



Academic Background

Thun received a BA from Princeton University in 1990 and his doctorate from Harvard University in 1999. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the M.I.T. Industrial Performance Center, he returned to Princeton as Assistant Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Politics. He moved to Oxford in 2005.  At Oxford, in addition to teaching undergraduates at Brasenose, Thun teaches on the MBA, EMBA, and executive education programs at the Saïd Business School.

Undergraduate Teaching

Introduction to Management

Research Interests

Eric Thun's primary interest is the political economy of China.  In his current research, Thun is analyzing how the structure of industries and markets in China affect the ability of Chinese firms to build capabilities.  More generally, he is interested in the strategy of indigenous and multinational firms in emerging markets.   His previous research has focused on the development of the Chinese automotive industry, multinational strategies in China, the globalization strategies of Chinese firms, and China's integration into global production networks.

Sample Publications

"The Fight for the Middle:  Upgrading, Competition, and Industrial Development in China," (with Loren Brandt), World Development, vol. 38, no. 11, November 2010.

"The Dynamic Value of MNE Political Embeddedness: The Case of the Chinese Automobile Industry," (with Pei Sun and Kamel Mellahi),  Journal of International Business Studies, 41, January 2010.

Changing Lanes in China:  Foreign Direct Investment, Local Governments, and Auto Sector Development, Cambridge University Press, 2006 (reissued in paperback in 2008).

"Industrial Policy, Chinese-Style:  FDI, Regulation, and Dreams of National Champions," Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 4, no. 3, September-December 2004.

"Keeping Up with the Jones':  Decentralization, Policy Imitation, and Industrial Development in China," World Development, vol. 38, no. 2, August 2004.

"Thinking Globally, Acting Locally:  Local Governments, Industrial Sectors, and Development in China," (with Adam Segal), Politics and Society, vol. 29, no. 4, December 2001.

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