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Dr John Foster

Emeritus Fellow
Strategy, Marketing and Innovation


Education: Warwick University, BSc(Hons) in Mathematics, 1971; Liverpool University, MSc in Topology, 1972; Oxford Brookes University, PhD (by Published Works) in (International) Strategic Planning, 2002. I have worked: in the private sector in banking for Barclays Bank Ltd and at the Audit Commission, a quango, both as an internal consultant; and in three universities in England and Hong Kong. The university positions were: Research Fellow at Warwick; successively, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, Assistant Dean and Associate Dean in the Kingston Business School; and Associate Professor, and latterly Associate Head of School, at the City University of Hong Kong (on leave from Kingston, 1990-1993). I have published extensively in refereed journals, via chapters in books and in conference proceedings, as well as writing a number of case studies. I am on the Editorial Board of Asian Business and Management'.


Evaluation of FDI projects/strategies both for markets generally and more specifically, for attracting more FDI in Developing Economies, especially the PRC. Research into regional development in E/SE Asia, including market entry strategies. Measuring the Effectiveness of Strategic Planning systems. Developing Corporate Strategy Cases for SE Asia.

Research Interest(s)

My research interests lie on the cusp between Strategic Management, International Business and O.R.. They centre round Strategic Decision Making both from the perspective of the manager/ decision maker; and also from the perspective of developing appropriate models to support such decision making activity. Recently my work has focussed on issues related particularly to business in E./S.E. Asia, including China, and to a lesser extent South Asia. This includes developing and using evaluation methods appropriate to appraisal of foreign direct investments, and issues around entry into complex markets such as China.


My consultancy experience has included: strategic and operational projects in banking; effectiveness and efficiency oriented projects for the Audit Commission (around managing the Finance function in Local Authorities, and bus fleets in PTEs); market appraisal for a the Hong Kong subsidiary of a European company; advising publishers on potential projects; and advising a small business in SE Asia. Recent consultancy has included helping a medium sized English company in the card payment/fraud prevention businesses, with its Asian market entry plans, via a DoBERR funded KTP and advising a private HE college in Hong Kong.


Member of the Operational Research Society, Member of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Recent Publications

Number of items: 33.


Prayukvong, Wanna and Foster, M. John (2014) Buddhist economics meets corporate social responsibility. International Journal of Economics and Business Research, 8(2), pp. 175-192. ISSN (print) 1756-9850

Cao, Jianghong, Foster, M. John and Watkins-Mathys, Lorraine (2014) IT-software SMEs in China, technology transfer from universities and entrepreneurship, a successful nexus? Frontiers of Business Research in China, 8(1), pp. 18-48. ISSN (print) 1673-7326

Foster, M. John (2014) A model to evaluate FDI prospects: illustrated by its application to three Asian countries. International Journal of Economic and Management Engineering, 4(3), pp. 55-63. ISSN (print) 2225-742X

Foster, M.J. and Tseng, C.S. (2012) Kingfisher attacks the China market. Frontiers of Business Research in China, 6(1), pp. 156-168. ISSN (print) 1673-7326

Minkes, A. L. and Foster, M. J. (2011) Cross-cultural divergence and convergence: with special reference to the family firm in South East Asia and China. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 11(2), pp. 153-166. ISSN (print) 1470-5958

Foster, M. John (2011) Distribution of FDI across China: common policies but differing impacts by region. Journal of Chinese Economic and Foreign Trade Studies, 4(2), pp. 125-138. ISSN (print) 1754-4408

Foster, M. John and Song, Yin (2009) FDI: differential fuel for Guangxi, a poorer Chinese region. International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management, 2(4), pp. 367-384. ISSN (print) 1752-1270

Foster, M J (2009) Tales of the unexpected: issues in overseas market entry. ASOR Bulletin, 28(4), pp. 2-13. ISSN (print) 0812-860X

Foster, M. John and Wang, Zhuo (2007) Nanjing's performance as China's FDI inflows grow. International Journal of Management and Decision Making, 8(2/3/4), pp. 426-439. ISSN (print) 1462-4621

Watkins-Mathys, Lorraine and Foster, M. John (2006) Entrepreneurship: the missing ingredient in China's STIPs? Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 18(3), pp. 249-274. ISSN (print) 0898-5626

Tseng, C.S. and Foster, M.J. (2006) A flexible response to Guo Qing: experience of three MNCs entering restricted sectors of the PRC economy. Asian Business & Management, 5(3), pp. 315-332. ISSN (online) 1476-9328

Foster, M. John and Alkan, Ipek (2003) Understanding patterns of FDI: the case of Turkey and its auto industry. European Business Journal, 15(2), pp. 61-69. ISSN (print) 0955-808X

Foster, M.J. (2002) On evaluation of FDIs: principles, actualities and possibilities. International Journal of Management and Decision Making, 3(1), pp. 67-82. ISSN (online) 1741-5187

Foster, M.J. (2002) Strategy + Evaluation = OR? OR Insight, 15(4), pp. 4-10. ISSN (print) 0953-5543

Chan, Shui-Ying and Foster, M.J. (2001) Strategy formulation in small business: The Hong Kong experience. International Small Business Journal, 19(3), pp. 56-71. ISSN (print) 0266-2426

Foster, MJ (2000) Evaluating foreign direct investment: new challenges for strategic planners. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 51(1), pp. 45-52. ISSN (print) 0160-5682

Foster, M. John and Minkes, A. L. (1999) East and West: business culture as divergence and convergence. Journal of General Management, 25(1), pp. 60-71. ISSN (print) 0306-3070

Foster, M.J. (1997) South China: are the rewards still worth the risks? Long Range Planning, 30(4), pp. 585-593. ISSN (print) 0024-6301

Foster, M. John (1993) Scenario planning for small businesses. Long Range Planning, 26(1), pp. 123-129. ISSN (print) 0024-6301

Thanassoulis, E., Dyson, R.G. and Foster, M.J. (1987) Relative efficiency assessments using data envelopment analysis: an application to data on rates departments. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 38(5), pp. 397-411. ISSN (print) 0160-5682

Foster, M.J. (1986) The value of formal planning for strategic decisions: a comment. Strategic Management Journal, 7(2), pp. 179-182. ISSN (print) 0143-2095

Dyson, R.G. and Foster, M.J. (1983) Effectiveness in strategic planning revisited. European Journal of Operational Research, 12(2), pp. 146-158. ISSN (print) 0377-2217

Dyson, R.G. and Foster, M.J. (1983) Making planning more effective. Long Range Planning, 16(6), pp. 68-73. ISSN (print) 0024-6301

Foster, M.J. (1983) Portfolio analysis in the planning of higher education. Higher Education, 12(4), pp. 389-397. ISSN (print) 0018-1560

Dyson, R.G. and Foster, M.J. (1982) The relationship of participation and effectiveness in strategic planning. Strategic Management Journal, 3(1), pp. 77-88. ISSN (print) 0143-2095

Book Section

Foster, John (2014) Foreign direct investment in China. In: Wright, Tim, (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies Online: Chinese Studies. New York, U.S. : Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199920082

Foster, M.J. (2003) Culture: a source of difficulty or a launchpad of understanding. In: Veloutsou, Cleopatra, (ed.) Communicating with customers: trends and developments. Athens, Greece : Athens Institute of Education and Research (ATINER). pp. 33-43. ISBN 9608782228

Foster, M. John (1998) Foreign trade and investment: policy reforms in China in the mid-1990s. In: Strange, Roger , Slater, Jim and Wang, Limin, (eds.) Trade and investment in China: the European experience. London, UK : Routledge. pp. 45-58. (Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia) ISBN 0415182670

Conference or Workshop Item

Foster, M J (2011) Kingfisher's attack on the China market: a success? In: Asia-Pacific Business Research Conference; 21 - 22 Feb 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ISBN 9780980455755

Au-Yeung, Amelia Yuen Shan, Foster, M. John and Yang, April (2007) Card payment anti-fraud systems: entry to the China market. In: European Institute for Advanced Studies Management (EIASM) 5th Workshop on International Strategy and Cross-Cultural Management; 28-29 Sep 2007, Istanbul, Turkey.


Foster, M.J. and Zhuo, Wang (2004) Gaining a share of China's FDI inflow: the case of Nanjing. (Discussion Paper) Kingston upon Thames, UK : Kingston Business School, Kingston University. ISBN 187205868X

Foster, M. John (1999) Evaluation of FDIs: principles, actualities and possibilities. (Other) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston Business School, Kingston University. 17 p. (Occasional Paper Series, no. 36) ISBN 1872058574


Foster, M.J. (2002) The effectiveness of strategic planning: the whole and the evaluative phase as business internationalises. (PhD thesis), Oxford Brookes University.

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