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Prof. Thomas C. Lawton

Prof. Thomas C. Lawton


Professor of Strategy and International Business

Department of Management & Marketing, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork

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Thomas Lawton is Professor of Strategy and International Business at Cork University Business School, University College Cork, Ireland. He also holds professorial affiliations at Surrey Business School, University of Surrey in the UK, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in the USA, and he is an Associate at the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Prof Lawton’s work is at the intersection of international business and strategic management. His expertise is in non-market strategy, particularly during foreign market entry, and business model innovation during corporate turnaround or in response to political risk.  Much of his work explores organizational forms and strategy processes for engaging external stakeholders when entering and embedding in international markets. The research leverages institutional perspectives and extends capabilities theory beyond market settings and into the non-market contexts of corporate political activity (CPA) and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

He is a prominent voice on business-government relations, stakeholder engagement, and the advancement of research, management practice, and public policy.

Since the early 1990s, his research has explored and advanced our understanding of how the firm competes beyond market settings, partnering with government in industrial policy initiatives, engaging external stakeholders through intermediaries like trade associations, and managing and mitigating political risk when entering and embedding in foreign markets, particularly emerging economies.