Dr. Cantwell came to Rutgers as Professor of International Business in 2002. Coming from a Chair in International Economics at the University of Reading in the UK, he has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", the University of the Social Sciences, Toulouse, and the University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna. He is the author of Technological Innovation and Multinational Corporations (Basil Blackwell, 1989), which book helped to launch a new literature on multinational companies and international networks for technology creation, beyond merely international technology transfer, and which alone has a cumulative social science journal citation count of well over 250. Altogether, John Cantwell has published twelve books, over 65 articles in refereed academic journals, and over 80 chapters in edited collections.
Dr. Cantwell is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies from 2011-16. He was the President of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) in 1992, and in 2001 he was elected as one of four EIBA Founding Fellows. He served as the first Secretary of the EIBA Fellows from 2002-07. In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), and he was Vice President of the AIB in 2006-08, when he was responsible for the program of the annual conference of the AIB held in Milan in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK. Professor Cantwell was also an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization from 2002-10.