Professor Liang Han

Professor in Accounting and Finance

Professor Liang Han

Professor Liang Han

Director of Henley DBA
Co-Director of Postgraduate Research Studies (Accounting and Financial Management)
260, Edith Morley, Whiteknights / 520 Engine Hours Greenlands
+44 (0) 118 378 5831 (Whiteknights) / +44 (0) 149 141 8871 (Greenlands)


Professor Liang Han joined Henley Business School in 2015 and is currently the Director of Henley DBA and Co-Director of PhD programme for Accounting and Financial Management. He has taken academic positions as a Reader in Financial Management at University of Surrey, a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at University of Hull and Research Fellow at the Business School, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Liang gained a PhD from University of Warwick and has research interests in the areas of entrepreneurial finance, corporate finance, banking market 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. Liang is also a consulting editor for International Small Business Journal and an external examiner for various programmes delivered in UK and overseas. Liang has been appointed as visiting professor by three universities.

Programme Delivery

  • Financial Management (PG)
  • Business Finance (UG)
  • Accounting and Finance Projects (PG)
  • Managing Financial Resources (MBA)


Journal papers:

  • Wang, X., Han., L., and Huang, X., forthcoming, Bank market power and SME finance: Firm-bank evidence from European countries, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money.
  • Tian, L., and Han., L., forthcoming, Nurturing regional innovation: the effects of bank competition in the USA, International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance.
  • Li, X., Tian, L., Han, L., and Cai, H. forthcoming, Interest Rate Regulation, Earnings Transparency and Capital Structure: Evidence from Chinese Listed Companies, 2003-2015. International Journal of Emerging Markets.
  • Tian, L, Han. L, and Mi, B., forthcoming, Bank competition, information specialization and innovation. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.
  • Mi, B., and Han., L. 2020, Bank market competition and syndicated loan prices. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 54(1), 1-28.
  • Liu, Z., Chi, G., and Han, L., 2019, Board human capital and enterprise growth: a perspective of ambidextrous innovation. Sustainability, 11(14).
  • Liu, L., Luo, D. and Han, L., 2019, Default risk, ownership structure and the cross-section of stock returns: evidence from China. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 53, 933-966.
  • 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), 289-324.
  • 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, 110-122.
  • 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. doi:10.1111/ajfs.12164
  • 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. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.06.019
  • Han, L., Zhang, S. and Greene, F. J. (2015) Bank market concentration, relationship banking and small business liquidity. International Small Business Journal. doi: 10.1177/0266242615618733
  • 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. doi: 10.1108/CMS-01-2015-0012
  • Tian, L., Han, L., and Zhang, S., (2015) Business life cycle and capital structure: evidence from Chinese manufacturing Firms, China & World Economy, 23(2), p.22-39. doi: 10.1111/cwe.12105
  • 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, p.76-84. doi:10.1016/j.ehb.2013.02.003
  • Han, L., Benson, A., Chen, J. and Zhang, S., (2014) The Uses and Impacts of Bank Support on UK SMEs, International Small Business Journal, 32(1) p.61-80. doi: 10.1177/0266242612455008
  • Greene, F., Han, L., and Marlow, S., (2013) Like Mother, Like Daughter? Analysing Maternal Influences Upon Women’s Entrepreneurial Propensity. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice,37(4), p.687-711. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2011.00484.x
  • Benson, A. and Han, L., (2011) Experiential Learning from Entrepreneurial Failure, International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance, 2(1), p.21-39. doi: 10.1504/IJBAF.2011.038755
  • Han, L. and Benson, A., (2010) ‘The Use and Usefulness of Financial Assistance to UK SMEs’, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 28 (3), p.552-566. doi: 10.1068/c0985b
  • Han, L., Fraser, S. and Storey, D.J., (2009) The Role of Collateral in Entrepreneurial Finance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 36 (3&4), p.424-455. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5957.2009.02132.x
  • Han, L., Fraser, S. and Storey, D. J., (2009) Are Good or Bad Borrowers Discouraged from Applying for Loans? Evidence from US Small Business Credit Markets, Journal of Banking and Finance, 33 (2), p.415-424. doi: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2008.08.014
  • Han, L., Storey, D. J. and Fraser, S., (2008) Concentration of Creditors: Evidence from Small Businesses, Applied Financial Economics, 18 (20), p.1647-1656. doi:10.1080/09603100701720476
  • Han, L., (2008) Bricks vs. Clicks: SME Online Banking Behaviour and Relationship Banking, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 14(1) p.47-60. doi:10.1108/13552550810852820
  • Han, L., and Greene, F., (2007) The Determinants of Online Loan Applications from Small Businesses, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 14(3) p.478-486. doi:10.1108/14626000710773556

Book Chapter:

  • Han, L., Tian.,L., and Mi, B. 2020, ‘Chapter 14: Information Asymmetries and Entrepreneurial Finance: Evidence from Theories and Empirics’, in Saridaskis, G. and Cowling, M., Handbook of Quantitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar.
  • Han, L., Xiang, X., and Yang, X., 2017, ‘Chapter 2 Emerging markets and financing of SMEs’ (p.22-45), in Woldie, A and Thomas, B, 2017, Financial Entrepreneurship for Economic Growth in Emerging Nations¸ IGI Global.
  • Han, L., and Zhang, S., (2012) ‘Asymmetric information, market conditions and entrepreneurial finance’ (Chapter 11), in Douglas Cumming, 2012, The Oxford Handbook for Entrepreneurial Finance, Oxford University Press.

Research Supervision

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