John Anchor


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John Anchor is Professor of International Strategy and Associate Dean (International) in the Huddersfield Business School. Previously, he has held posts as Head of Department, Principal Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield.

John is responsible for the development and oversight of education and research partnerships for the Huddersfield Business School.  He also works with the International Office on the recruitment of international students to the Business School and oversees the academic and social experience of those students in Huddersfield.  

John is a career academic. His early aspiration was to be a scientist but as a result of taking a Management minor as part of his Bachelor’s degree he switched to the Social Sciences. His PhD in Industrial Economics was concerned with the factors influencing the allocation of resources to research and development (R&D) in the UK chemicals industry. Both his Bachelor’s degree and doctorate were obtained from the University of Manchester, where he also worked as a research assistant. 

John has undertaken a large number of international research and education projects. John has received ten awards (medals) in recognition of his role in developing research and education partnerships in Central and Eastern Europe. These include a Gold Medal, awarded by the Rector of the Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic, in November 2017, ”in appreciation of his extraordinary contributions to the development of the university, science, culture, education and academic freedom”.

Since January 2023, John has been the Chair of the Rector's International Advisory Board at the University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. From December 2020 to December 2022, he was a member of the Rector's International Advisory Commission. 

In addition to his academic career, John has had extensive involvement in Public Service. John served as a Municipal Councillor for a number of years, including three years as Chair of a Housing Committee. He has also been a Governor of Secondary, Special and Primary Schools. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Chair, Rector's International Advisory Board, University of Hradec Kralove

1 Jan 2023 → …

International Advisory Board, Woxsen University

2 Sep 2022 → …

Rector's International Advisory Commission, University of Hradec Kralove

3 Dec 20203 Dec 2022

International Committee, Chartered Association of Business Schools

15 Apr 201630 Sep 2022

Academic Board, Ifs Institute for Financial Services

Jan 2007Jan 2013

Member, Committee of Heads of (UK) University Departments of Economics

1 Sep 199616 May 2016

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Business
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic Analysis
  • International Business
  • Strategic Thinking
  • International Business Management
  • Strategy Development
  • Internationalization
  • Higher Education Policy
  • The international strategies of universities
  • Strategy and international business in Emerging Markets
  • Earnings expectations of university students in England and Central Europe


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