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Professor Emeritus, Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University

John A. Mathews is Professor Emeritus in the Macquarie Business School at Macquarie University, Sydney. He has taught graduate MBA classes for the past two decades and more.

From 2009 to 2012 he was concurrently Eni Chair of Competitive Dynamics and Global Strategy at LUISS Guido Carli University, in Rome, where he taught Masters’ and doctoral level courses in the Economics and Management of the Energy Business. He was the first appointment to this new Chair.

He is the author of several books including Strategizing, Disequilibrium and Profit (Stanford University Press, 2006), Dragon Multinational: A New Model of Global Growth (Oxford University Press, 2002), and Tiger Technology: The Creation of a Semiconductor Industry in East Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2000); the latter appearing in a Chinese translation published by Peking University Press.

Professor Mathews’ research has increasingly focused for the past decade on the inter-related topics of the global transformation of energy systems and the shift to renewable energies, the move from a linear to a circular economy, and the role of green finance -- with China as a lead player in all three. He published a Commentary article on this topic with collaborator Dr Hao Tan in Nature, on Sep 11 2014:

His book "Greening of Capitalism: How Asia is driving the Next Great Transformation" elaborates on these themes. It was published in November 2014 by Stanford University Press:

His most recent book "Global Green Shift: When CERES Meets Gaia" (Anthem Press, London, 2017) takes green issues beyond energy and materials to examine the greening of water and food supplies and their intersection with urbanization. He blogs at this book's webpage:
For this book and for his wider work on industrial dynamics Professor Mathews was awarded the International Schumpeter Prize in 2018.


  • 1998–present
    Professor of Strategic Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University


  • 1980 
    London University, Imperial College of Science and Technology, PhD


Winner of international Schumpeter Prize, 2018