Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Ray is an expert on structure and strategy within transnational corporations, on political and technological development within emerging economies, and on the future of knowledge occupations in a global context.
Ray’s career spans aviation engineering, local government and academia. He became an academic in the 1960s, initially as a lecturer at the London School of Economics, London Business School and later Aston University. Ray joined Saïd Business School as Leverhulme Research Fellow in 1998.
Ray’s research projects have looked at issues relating to the family-controlled firm and the emergence of new forms of corporate social responsibility (CSR). He has also investigated issues relating to technology transfer from European multinationals to Asia, human resources management in the multinational enterprise, and the future role of professional associations in a global economy.
Ray is a permanent senior common room member and supernumerary lecturer at Brasenose College, Oxford. He is Professor Emeritus at Aston University, and holds visiting professorships at Doshisha University, Kyoto, the British University in Egypt, Cairo, and the Beijing Institute of Technology.
Ray has a DLitt from Cambridge University, an MA/BA (Economics Tripos) from Cambridge, an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Diploma in Political and Economic Science from Ruskin College, Oxford.
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Ray has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Bologna, Italy; a trustee and council member of the Tavistock Institute, London; and a member of the United Nations Working Party on Financial Failure in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Region, New York.
He was UN Development Programme advisor on a project aimed at reforming the ‘Business and Economics’ curricula of the universities of Damascus and Aleppo from 2007 to 2010.
Ray was formerly Chief Editor and a member of the Editorial Management Committee of Human Relations, and a founder member of the British Academy of Management and the European Academy of Management.
Ray has taught at all programme levels within the School. This has included undergraduate tutorials and doctoral supervision, directing the MSc (Management Research) and teaching on the Comparative National Business Systems and on Strategic Innovation Systems courses.
Ray has also engaged in overseas MBA programmes, most recently as a visiting professor at Doshisha Business School and as a visiting professor at the British University in Egypt and the Beijing Institute of Technology.