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Professor Liang Han

Professor in Accounting and Finance

Director of Henley DBA
Co-Director of Postgraduate Research Studies (Accounting and Financial Management)

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  • Bank Market, 
  • Entrepreneurial Finance, 
  • Corporate Finance, 
  • Entrepreneurship, 
  • Accounting


260, Edith Morley, Whiteknights / 520 Engine House Greenlands

Professor Liang Han is currently the Director of Henley DBA programme and Director for the PhD programme in Accounting and Financial Management at Henley Business School.

Professor Liang Han joined Henley Business School in 2015 and has taken academic positions at Universities of Hull, Surrey and Wisconsin-Madison. Liang gained a PhD from University of Warwick and has research interests in the areas of banking market, entrepreneurial finance, corporate finance and entrepreneurship. Liang has been actively involved in some major research projects in UK and China, such as the Survey of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Finance, funded by Bank of England. Professor Han is also a consulting editor for International Small Business Journal and an external examiner for various programmes delivered in UK and overseas. Professor Han has also been appointed as visiting professor by three universities.

Reference: Vershinina, N., Markman, G., Han, L. , Rodgers, P., Kitching, J., Hashimzade, N. and Barrett, R. (2020) Gendered regulations and SMEs' performance in transition economies. Small Business Economics. ISSN 1573-0913 (In Press)
Reference: Wang, X., Han, L. and Huang, X. (2020) Bank competition, concentration and EU SME cost of debt. International Review of Financial Analysis, 71. 101534. ISSN 1057-5219 doi:
Reference: Han, L. , Tian, L. and Mi, B. (2020) Information asymmetries and entrepreneurial finance: evidence from theories and empirics. In: Saridakis, G. and Cowling, M. (eds.) Handbook of Quantitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781786430953
Reference: Wang, X., Han, L. and Huang, X. (2020) Bank market power and SME finance: firm-bank evidence from European countries. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 64. 101162. ISSN 1042-4431 doi:
Reference: Wang, X., Han, L. , Huang, X. and Mi, B. (2020) The financial and operational impacts of European SMEs’ use of trade credit as a substitute for bank credit. European Journal of Finance. ISSN 1466-4364 (In Press)
Reference: Tian, L. and Han, L. (2019) Nurturing regional innovation: the effects of bank competition in U.S. International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance. ISSN 1755-3830 (In Press)
Reference: Liu, Z., Chi, G.-D. and Han, L. (2019) Board human capital and enterprise growth: a perspective of ambidextrous innovation. Sustainability, 11 (14). e3993. ISSN 2071-1050 doi:
Reference: Tian, L., Han, L. and Mi, B. (2020) Bank competition, information specialization and innovation. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 54 (3). pp. 1011-1035. ISSN 1573-7179 doi:
Reference: Li, X., Tian, L., Han, L. and Cai, H. (2019) Interest rate regulation, earnings transparency and capital structure: evidence from China. International Journal of Emerging Markets, 15 (5). pp. 923-947. ISSN 1746-8809 doi:
Reference: Mi, B. and Han, L. (2020) Bank market competition and syndicated loan prices. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 54. pp. 1-28. ISSN 1573-7179 doi:
Reference: Liu, L., Luo, D. and Han, L. (2019) Default risk, state ownership and the cross-section of stock returns: evidence from China. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 53 (4). pp. 933-966. ISSN 1573-7179 doi:
Reference: Tian, L. and Han, L. (2019) How local is local? Evidence from bank competition and corporate innovation in U.S. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 52 (1). pp. 289-324. ISSN 1573-7179 doi:
Reference: Han, L. and Xiang, X. (2017) Emerging economies and financing of SMEs. In: Woldie, A. and Thomas, B. (eds.) Financial Entrepreneurship for Economic Growth in Emerging Nations. IGI Global. ISBN 9781522527008 doi:
Reference: Han, L. and Mi, B. (2017) Earnings quality, state ownership and syndicated loan: evidence from China. In: Symposium of a special Accounting Horizons forum Conference on “Accounting, Auditing and Corporate Governance Practices in China”, 4-5 November 2017, Suzhou, China.
Reference: Yang, X., Han, L. , Li, W., Yin, X. and Lin, T. (2017) Monetary policy, cash holding and corporate investment: evidence from China. China Economic Review, 46. pp. 110-122. ISSN 1043-951X doi:
Reference: Wang, S., Wei, C. and Han, L. (2017) Do business relationships affect the accuracy of analyst earnings forecasts? Evidence from China. Asia-Pacific Journal of Financial Studies, 46 (1). pp. 155-177. ISSN 2041-6156 doi:
Reference: Han, L. and Greene, F. J. (2016) Are ‘born to rebel’ last-borns more likely to be self-employed? Personality and Individual Differences, 101. pp. 270-275. ISSN 0191-8869 doi:
Reference: Han, L. , Zhang, S. and Greene, F. J. (2017) Bank market concentration, relationship banking and small business liquidity. International Small Business Journal, 35 (4). pp. 365-384. ISSN 1741-2870 doi:
Reference: Han, L. , Storey, D. J. and Fraser, S. (2008) The concentration of creditors: evidence from small businesses. Applied Financial Economics. doi:
Reference: Han, L. (2008) Bricks vs clicks: entrepreneurial online banking behaviour and relationship banking. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 14 (1). pp. 47-60. doi:
Reference: Han, L. and Greene, F. (2007) The determinants of online loan applications from small businesses. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 14 (3). pp. 478-486. doi:
Reference: Han, L. and Zhang, S. (2012) Asymmetric information, credit market condition, and entrepreneurial finance. In: Cumming, D. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurial Finance. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780195391244
Reference: Benson, A. and Han, L. (2010) The use and usefulness of financial assistance to UK SMEs. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 28 (3). pp. 552-566. ISSN 1472-3425 doi:
Reference: Benson, A. and Han, L. (2011) Experiential learning from entrepreneurial failure. International Journal in Behavioural Accounting and Finance, 2 (1). pp. 21-39. ISSN 1753-1969 doi:
Reference: Greene, F., Han, L. and Marlow, S. (2013) Like mother, like daughter? Analyzing maternal influences upon women’s entrepreneurial propensity. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 37 (4). pp. 687-711. ISSN 1540-6520 doi:
Reference: Greene, F., Han, L. , Martin, S., Zhang, S. and Wittert, G. (2014) Testosterone is associated with self-employment among Australian men. Economics and Human Biology, 13. pp. 76-84. ISSN 1570-677X doi:
Reference: Han, L. , Benson, A., Chen, J. and Zhang, S. (2014) The use and impacts of bank support on UK small and medium-sized enterprises. International Small Business Journal, 32 (1). pp. 61-80. ISSN 1741-2870 doi:
Reference: Tian, L., Han, L. and Zhang, S. (2015) Business life cycle and capital structure: evidence from Chinese manufacturing firms. China & World Economy, 23 (2). pp. 22-39. ISSN 1749-124X doi:
Reference: Wang, S., Han, L. and Gao, W. (2015) Mandatory and voluntary information disclosure and the effects on financial analysts: evidence from China. Chinese Management Studies, 9 (3). pp. 425-440. ISSN 1750-614X doi:
Reference: Han, L. , Fraser, S. and Storey, D. J. (2009) The Role of Collateral in Entrepreneurial Finance. Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 36 (3 & 4). pp. 424-455. ISSN 1468-5957 doi:
Reference: Han, L. , Fraser, S. and Storey, D. (2009) Are Good or Bad Borrowers Discouraged From Applying for Loans? Journal of Banking & Finance, 33. pp. 415-424. ISSN 0378-4266 doi:

Financial management

This module aims to equip the apprentice learner with relevant accounting and financial management knowledge in decision making, especially for those who have little background in accounting and financial management....

Module code: MQM1FM

  • Financial Management (PG)
  • Accounting and Finance Projects (PG)

Professor Liang Han supervises PhD projects in the area of entrepreneurial finance and banking market structure.