Faculty Directory

Thomas C. Lawton

Visiting Professor of Business Administration



DegreePhD, European University Institute, 1995; MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1991; BA, University College Cork, 1990

AREAS OF EXPERTISEStrategic management, international business, nonmarket strategy

Current Research Topics

  • Corporate political activity and nonmarket capabilities
  • Political risk management and internationalization strategy
  • Corporate turnaround through capability reconfiguration
  • Nonmarket strategy process, practice, and performance

Selected Publications

  • With T. Rajwani, The Routledge Companion to Non-Market Strategy, Routledge, 2015
  • With T. Rajwani and N. Phillips, “The Voice of Industry: Why Management Researchers Should Pay More Attention to Trade Associations," Strategic Organization, forthcoming 2015
  • With M.A. De Villa Correa and T. Rajwani, "Market Entry Modes in a Multipolar World: Untangling the Moderating Effect of the Political Environment," International Business Review, 24(3), 2015
  • With J. Doh and T. Rajwani, Aligning for Advantage: Competitive Strategies for the Political and Social Arenas, Oxford University Press, 2014
  • With J. Doh, T. Rajwani, and S. Paroutis, "Why Your Company May Need a Chief External Officer: Upgrading External Affairs Can Help Align Strategy and Improve Competitive Advantage," Organisational Dynamics, 43(3), 2014
  • With A. Pilkington, “Divided by a Common Language? Transnational Insights into Epistemological and Methodological Approaches to Strategic Management Research in English Speaking Countries,” Long Range Planning, 47(5), 2014
  • With S. McGuire and T. Rajwani, "Corporate Political Activity: A Literature Review and Research Agenda," International Journal of Management Reviews, 15(1), 2013
  • With T. Rajwani and J. Doh, "The Antecedents of Political Capabilities: A Study of Ownership, Cross-Border Activity and Organization at Legacy Airlines in a Deregulatory Context," International Business Review, 22(1), February, 2013
  • With J. Doh and T. Rajwani, "Advancing Nonmarket Strategy Research: Institutional Perspectives in a Multipolar World," The Academy of Management Perspectives, August, 26(3), 2012
  • With T. Rajwani and P. Reinmoeller, "Do You Have A Survival Instinct? Leveraging Genetic Codes to Achieve Fit in Hostile Business Environments," Business Horizons, 55(1), 2012
  • With T. Rajwani and C. O’Kane, "Strategic Reorientation and Business Turnaround: The Case of Global Legacy Airlines," Journal of Strategy and Management, 4(2), 2011
  • With T. Rajwani, "Designing Lobbying Capabilities: Managerial Choices in Unpredictable Environments," European Business Review, 23(2), 2011


  • Best Paper Award, Academy of International Business Latin America Conference, 2014 
  • Fellow, Strategic Planning Society
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
  • Representative at Large, Strategy Practice Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society, 2009–11
  • Member of the Teaching Committee, Business Policy and Strategy Group, Academy of Management, 2004–06

Professional Activities

Academic Positions

  • Professor of Strategy and International Management, Open University Business School, 2012 present
  • Visiting Professor, The Møller Centre, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, 2010present
  • Visiting Professor, Athens Laboratory for Business Administration (ALBA), 2004present
  • Adjunct Professor, Imperial College London Business School, 2008present
  • Professor of Strategy and International Business, EMLYON Business School, 201012
  • Professor of Strategic Management, Cranfield University, 200810
  • Visiting Professor, Trinity College Dublin, 200410
  • Associate Professor, Imperial College Business School, 200208
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, 200406
  • Assistant Professor, Royal Holloway University of London, 1996–2002
  • Visiting Research Fellow, INSEAD, 1999
  • EU Human Capital Mobility Fellow, University of Essex, 199596
  • Visiting Research Scholar, INSEAD, 199495
  • Visiting Scholar, Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, University of California, Berkeley

Editorial Positions

  • Series Editor, Strategy Matters, Routledge
  • Editorial Board, Long Range Planning
  • Editorial Board, Irish Journal of Management

Non-academic positions

  • Non-executive director, Ward Biotech
  • Corporate consulting and executive development, 1996present