Mihail Gorbachev became leader of the former Soviet Union in 1985. This country suffered from an outdated and inefficient economy, no free speech and the widespread repression of dissidents. He attempted far-reaching political and economic reforms through glasnost and perestroika. These programmes failed, but Gobachev’s actions led to the break up of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War and the spread of capitalism and democracy throughout Eastern Europe. These events inspired my enduring teaching and research interests in Russia, Eastern Europe and the postcommunist world.
Dr Grahame Fallon has recently been appointed as a Senior Lecturer in International Business in Brunel Business School. His duties will include that of being MSc in Management Course Director. He has been working in an academic capacity in higher education since 1984, having held lecturing posts in international business and related subjects at Glamorgan, UWIC and Northampton universities, as well as a range of external examiner roles . Dr Fallon’s most recent post before joining Brunel was that of Principal Lecturer in International Business at the University of Northampton, where he carried out an extensive range of managerial (as well as teaching and research) duties, including the management of taught postgraduate programmes across the School and the coordination of work-related, extra-curricular activities for postgraduate students.
Dr Fallon is involved in academic research in the international business field, where his main focus is on the causes and economic effects of inward and outward foreign direct investment in the EU, Eastern Europe, Russia and China. He is also actively involved in research into the links between business activity and peace building in Europe and East Asia. He has submitted and had accepted a range of academic papers to international scholarly journals including Regional Studies and the European Business Review. He is also active in a range of academic networks, including the UK and Irish Academy of International Business and the Managing Economic Transition network (based at University College London). He has carried out research work with colleagues at a university in Moscow with whom he has published joint papers focusing on economic transition and inward investment in Russia.