Professor Howard Cox

Professor of International Business History, University of Worcester

Research Interests

Howard Cox holds a Chair in International Business History at the University of Worcester, UK. Over an academic career of thirty years his writing and research interests have spanned the areas of international business, industrial and corporate change, and the business history of various industries, including publishing, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and food retailing.  During the past ten years he has collaborated with Dr Simon Mowatt to produce a co-authored business history of the magazine publishing industry in Britain. This was published in 2014 by Oxford University Press under the title Revolutions from Grub Street.  Most recently he has co-authored a commissioned contribution to the History of Oxford University Press which will be published in 2016.



Cox, H. and Mowatt, S. (2014) Revolutions from Grub Street: A History of Magazine Publishing in Britain, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cox, H. (2000) The Global Cigarette: Origins and Evolution of British American Tobacco, 1880-1945, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

John, R., Cox, H., Grimwade, N. and Ietto-Gillies, G. (1997) Global Business Strategy, London: International Thomson Press.


Cox, H., Clegg, J. and Ietto-Gillies, G. (1993) The Growth of Global Business, London: Routledge. Reprinted 2012.


Cox, H. and Mowatt, S. (2014) “Monopoly, Power and Politics in Fleet Street: the Controversial Birth of IPC Magazines, 1958-63”, Business and Economic History On-Line, vol. 12

Bower, J. and Cox, H. (2012) “Regulatory Capture and Special Interest Pleading: How Scottish and Newcastle became the UK’s Largest Brewer”, Business History Review, vol.86, no.1, pp.46-68

Cox, H. and Mowatt, S. (2012) “Vogue in Britain: Authenticity and the Creation of Competitive Advantage in the UK Magazine Industry”, Business History, vol.54, no.1, pp.67-87

Cox, H. and Mowatt, S. (2009) “Creating Images of Fashion: Consumer Magazines and American Competition in Britain, 1910-1940” Business and Economic History On-Line, vol.7


Cox, H. and Raff, D. (2016) “Business Performance, 1975-2004”, in Robbins, K. (ed.) History of Oxford University Press, Vol.IV, Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Cox, H. (2009) "British American Tobacco Company" in Cheng, Linsun (ed.) Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Berkshire Publishing Group, Great Barrington, MA, vol.1.

Casson M. and Cox, H. (2008) "An Economic Model of Inter-Firm Networks" in Casson, M. and Giusta, M. (eds.) The Economics of Networks, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp.77-99. Originally published in M. Ebers (ed.) The Formation of Inter-Organizational Networks, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997, pp.174-96.

Howard Cox

Contact Details

Worcester Business School, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3AS

01905 855400


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