Babel in Business: The Role of Language in International Business
Like most countries, the UK has the tradition that newly appointed professors have to give an inaugural lecture to inform the outside world what they are "professing". Inaugural lectures in the UK are not as formal as in the Netherlands, where you write up and officially publish your inaugural. In the Netherlands, the lecture is also surrounded with much ceremony, often attended by hundreds of people, and held in the University's official auditorium.
Middlesex inaugural Wednesday 13 April 2016
My inaugural at Middlesex was held in a normal lecture theatre and the only people who dressed up in robes were me, the Vice-chancelor, and the Dean.
However, even though it was a fairly low-key event, it was still quite a special occasion and I was happy to share my research with my new colleagues. Many of my London-based collaborators and CYGNA members also attended. A special thank-you to Markus Pudelko, who flew over specially from Germany.
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Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, a select group of distinguished AIB members who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the scholarly development of the field of international business. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.