Donaldson, John

First name/s: John
Last name: Donaldson
Known names / nicknames:
Date of birth: 01/04/1936
Year of birth: 1936

Life before Ruskin

Date and place of birth: Doncaster, Yorkshire

Family: Father: Miner, Mother: Nurse (SRN).

Work: I worked in various jobs, including optical mechanic, sales clerk.

Politics/Trade union activity: Clerical and Administrative Workers’ Union, Doncaster -regular attender at Branch Meetings. Took NCLC (Tillicoultry) correspondence courses (Archaeology, Economics). Parish Councillor (& sometime Vice-Chairman) at Charvil, 1996-2000.

Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin)

Life at Ruskin

Dates at Ruskin: 1962-1964

Source of funding: First Year – self funded (back tax, vacation earnings, wife was working). Second Year: Local authority grant (was  offered TUC Appeal Fund Scholarship, but passed over in favour of  another student who needed support))

Campaigns/political activity:

Subjects studied at Ruskin: For Oxford University Diploma in Economics and Political Science: Politics and Government,Economic Theory,Economic Organisation,Social and Economic History, Political Theory,Development Problems and Policies


Qualification: Oxford University Diploma in Economics and Political Science

Life after Ruskin

Education: Keble College, Oxford BA (Hons. Second); MA Oxford)

Work: 1) Economic Research, University of Essex (1967-8); 2)then WEA Tutor-Organiser, West
Lancashire and Cheshire District (Full-time 1968-71) , then 3) (1971-4) Manchester Business School, Research Fellow, pay systems and structures specialist, then 4) University of London, Imperial College, Lecturer in Industrial Relations, Labour Economics, Organisational Behaviour, to 1979 and 5) Visiting Fellow, University of Leicester, Law and Management Departments,
Part-time Tutor and Lecturer (to 1998).

Politics/trade union activity: Part- time tutor to POEU and TGWU residential courses from 1969 for over twenty years). Place: POEU (Ledge Point, Westgate on Sea and Alvescot College);  TGWU: Cirencester and Stoke Rochford.


Place & date of death:

Date of death:
Year of death: 0

Achievements / Publications

1)  Pay Differentials: an integration of theories, evidence and policies (1985) Editor and  contributor, with Pamela Philby.  Gower Press, Aldershot. Hants. (with contributors listed  below in image of contents pages) 1985.
2) Key Issues in Business Ethics (1989). Academic Press, London, New York & Sidney
3) Business Ethics: A European Casebook (1992). Academic Press, London, New York & Sidney
4) Co-operative Management (1998). New Harmony Press, Leicester. (Also available in Spanish under the title Management Cooperativista, since 2005, published by Granica, Buenos Aires).

Academic Papers: Numerous papers include
“Codes, Stakeholders & Business Philosophy” (1999) International Journal of Value-Based Management. Vol 12 no 3. A Survey of Sixteen British Consumer Co-operative Societies” (2000) with Peter Davis. Journal of Co-operative Studies Vol 33, No 99, August.

“Multinational enterprises, employment relations and ethics”. (2001) Employee Relations. Vol 23 no 6. “Underlying Values and Consequences in Financial Services” (2003)  (with Irene Fafaliou)  International Journal of Value-Based Management Vol 16 No 3.

“Co-operative Management and corporate governance.” (2003) International Journal of Co-operative Management. Vol 1 Issue 1, July

“Business Ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance: a review and summary Critique”. (2003) (With Irene Fafaliou).European Research Studies Journal  Vol. VI, Issue 1-2.

“Privatization”s Narrative of State-owned Services: panacea or threat to businesses and to labour force democracy?” International Journal of Co-operative Management. Vol 3 No 1 January, 2007

“Principles of Administration Revisited” (With Irene Fafaliou). International Journal of Social Economics. Vol. 34 Issue 5 (2007)


Material in archives or already published articles


Notes on Image/s

Comment of contributor/s and sources

Our thanks to John Donaldson for supplying the following items of Ephemera relating to his time at Ruskin:

1964 Grant award letter

Picture of the Rookery, 1962

Cover, The Story of Ruskin College

Ruskin intake 1962 – group photograph

Oxford University diploma pass list, 1964

Photograph of Ruskin College, Walton St, 1960s

Postcards of Ruskin College (1960s)

End of year marks, 1963

Letter of congratulations from Bill Hughes (1964)


John Donaldson

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