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Professor Jos Gamble

Professor of International Business

Phone: +44 1784 414094

Research interests

  • Transfer of management practices by MNCs
  • Comparative management
  • Political economy of China, Japan and Malaysia
  • Human resource management in MNCs
  • Consumer culture in China

PhD supervision:

I am interested in taking on new doctoral students interested in qualitative research, especially in the areas mentioned above.

Personal profile

Professor Gamble joined the School of Management at Royal Holloway in 1998. He has taught on MA courses such as ‘Human Resource Management in Asia Pacific’ and ‘China and the International Economy’, and BA courses such as ‘Contemporary Issues in Management’ and the final year undergraduate ‘Dissertation’. He was module leader and for many years taught on the School’s distance learning MBA courses ‘Asia Pacific Business’ and ‘China and the International Economy’. He has supervised numerous MA, MSc and MBA dissertations and individual projects as well as PhD students.

He was Subject Group Convener for the Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship Group for six years (2006-12) and leader of the Intercultural and International Perspectives on Management research group from its inception in 2012 until 2016.

Jos publishes in journals such as the Journal of Management Studies; British Journal of Industrial Relations; Work, Employment & Society; Journal of World Business; Human Resource Management Journal and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He has also published book chapters and two research monographs: Shanghai in Transition (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) and Multinational Retailers and Consumers in China: Transferring Organizational Practices from the United Kingdom and Japan (Palgrave, 2011 - see reviews at and


Jos graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1987 with a first class BA degree in Anthropology and History. He then completed a one-year intensive course in Modern Chinese at Thames Valley University. From 1988-90 he studied Chinese language and literature at Fudan University in Shanghai, before returning to London to take a MA in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He continued at SOAS to study for a DPhil in Social Anthropology, this involved over seventeen months research in Shanghai. His thesis explored socio-economic changes in post-1992 Shanghai including the development of the share market, the rise of popular consumerism and changing cultural identities.

After completing his DPhil, Jos worked as a researcher at the School of Management of the University of Bath on a multi-disciplinary ESRC-funded project (with Barry Wilkinson, John Humphrey and Jonathon Morris) examining ‘Manufacturing Organization in the Asia Pacific’. This project focused on supply chain management, production organization and human resource management practices in Japanese, Korean and Hong Kong multinationals in the garments and electronics sectors. Jos undertook field research in the Asia Pacific region (China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Thailand) for one year on this project. He carried out research at over 70 manufacturing plants and interviewed many government, business organization, research institute and trade union representatives in the region.

In 2003, Jos received an award of £172,904 under the ESRC/AHRC Cultures of Consumption programme to fund the project ‘Multinational Retailers in the Asia Pacific’. This exciting project ran for four years (2003-7), for further details see the Cultures of Consumption website and ESRC Society Today  

To further develop his research interests in Japan, Jos spent two sabbatical terms (2001, 2004) as a Visiting Scholar at the School of Commerce, Waseda University, Tokyo. A Chinese-speaker, he has visited China for research purposes on numerous occasions. To update and improve his language skills, during 2014-16 he completed a total of 538 hours of intensive Chinese language courses in Taibei, Taiwan.




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  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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