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Gordon Redding (born 30 May 1937), MA, PhD, D.Econ h.c., is a British professor, academic, author, editor, consultant, director and secretary general. He is today a specialist on China and the regional ethnic Chinese, having published 10 books and 100 articles related to the subject. He retains a number of professorships, and is currently working on the development of the HEAD Foundation (Human Capital and Education for Asian Development) and its main project the SERV (Sumatra Education and Research Valley), acting as Secretary General of the HEAD, based in Singapore. He also spent 24 years at the University of Hong Kong, where he founded and directed the HKU Business School (now the Faculty of Business and Economics).
Gordon Redding was born in Bootle, Lancashire, England, the son of Leslie Redding and Georgina Redding (née Mitchell). He also has a sister, Lesley Redding. He was educated at Bootle Grammar School, and attended University of Cambridge, where he read Economic Geography at Fitzwilliam College. He also possesses a doctorate from Manchester Business School and an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics.
After university and national service, Redding started work in the retail industry in the UK, as an executive for the department store group Owen Owen Ltd. After a decade he took three years to do doctoral research at Manchester Business School. He then relocated to Hong Kong, allowing him to research extensively in Asia. He spent 24 years at the University of Hong Kong, where he founded and directed the Business School, now the Faculty of Business and Economics, ranked 1st in Asia (Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings). He also founded and directed the Poon Kam Kai Institute of Management  at HKU in the field of executive education.
He has also served as a consultant on general managerial strategy and organisation for global corporations and multinational companies, including HSBC, Cathay Pacific, Hutchison Whampoa, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Bank Mandiri, BHP Billiton, Christie's and a number of regional conglomerates.
He was Director of the Euro-Asia Centre of INSEAD in France, for seven years. He still retains a professorship there in the field of Asian Business and Comparative Management. For two decades he was honorary Secretary of the Association of Deans of Southeast Asian Graduate Schools of Management. His work also includes his presence on the editorial boards of ten journals, including Organization Studies , International Journal of Human Resources Management, Pacific Focus, Journal of Asian Business, ASian Business and Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Asia Pacific Business Review, Management and Organization Review.
He teaches and directs programs for both Master of Business Administration and executives, and collaborates in research with colleagues in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has been a guest faculty member for Wharton School, Duke University, Columbia University, University of Southern California, Australian National University, Stockholm School of Economics, University of Hawaii, University of Zurich, Xiamen University and Zhejiang University.
He has also addressed conferences at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University (also known as Harvard Kennedy School), Manchester Business School, University of Stockholm, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (also known as Science-Po Paris), among others. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Hong Kong, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics.
He received the annual Award for Distinguished Scholarship of the International Association for Chinese Management Research in 2006.
Following his doctorate at the Manchester Business School and spending 10 years working in the retail industry, Redding moved to Hong Kong where he furthered his specialisation in the field of comparative management, and the comparative research of societal systems of capitalism, with a focus on the role of culture, religion and social capital on the economy.
His main theory work has been on Chinese management, notably in The Spirit of Chinese Capitalism (1990), and The Future of Chinese Capitalism (2007) with Michael Witt, plus a further ten books and approximately a hundred academic articles. His most recent books include "The Hidden Form of Capital" (edited with Peter Berger). and "The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems' (edited with Michael Witt, 2014. His most significant theory paper has been 'The thick description and comparison of societal systems of capitalism' (Journal of International Business Studies, 2005). Other representative works are ' Separating culture from institutions: the use of semantic spaces as a conceptual domain and the case of China' (Management and Organization Review, 4,2, 2008), and, with Max Boisot and John Child 'Working the system: toward a theory of cultural and institutional competence' (International Studies in Management and Organization 41,1, 2011).
He has more recently been serving as Secretary General of the HEAD Foundation, an international charitable foundation and think-tank based in Singapore. The Head Foundation’s aims are the growth of human and social capital in Pacific Asia in the interests of societal progress. His contribution is mainly the fostering of research in the changing world of higher education, and relating it to the evolution of Asian societies.
Gordon Redding has two sons from a first marriage, Philip (born July 1965, CEO) and Peter (born August 1967, Regional head of marketing in a multinational). He also has a son from a second marriage, Thurstan (born August 1992), a recent Cambridge graduate. His wife is author and journalist Laura Lam. He is now based in London with regular visits to Singapore, Hong Kong and France. Personal interests include Asian art, travel, brick and stone walls, photography, and Victorian biography.
- Redding G and M A Witt "The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems", Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Redding G and Peter Ping Li) "Social Capital in Asia: Its Dual Nature and Function" in The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems (2013)
- Berger Peter L. and G. Redding (eds) The Hidden Form of Capital: the Spiritual Contribution to Prosperity, London, Anthem Press, 2010.
- Redding G. and M A Witt, The Future of Chinese Capitalism, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Redding G. The Spirit of Chinese Capitalism, New York, de Gruyter, 1993.
- Redding G, (2005) The thick description and comparison of societal systems of capitalism, Journal of International Business Studies, 36, 123–155.
- Redding G. (2008) Separating culture from institutions: the use of semantic spaces as a conceptual domain and the case of China. Management and Organization Review, 4:2, 257–289.
- Redding, Gordon (2010) The business systems of Asia, in H.Hasegawa and C.Noronha (eds) Asian Business and Management, London, Palgrave Macmillan. 7–30.
- Boisot M., J.Child and G. Redding (2011) Working the system: towards a theory of cultural and institutional competence’, International Studies in Management and Organization, 41, 1, 63–96.
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