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Dr Henry Lahr

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Finance
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Accounting and Finance
  • henry.lahr

Professional biography

Before joining the Open University Business School, Henry was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Business Research (CBR). He received his PhD on the pricing of listed private equity from Technical University Munich and has previously worked on several projects concerned with financing activities of innovative firms and the consequences of venture capital and private equity financing in small and large enterprises. His research at the CBR and TU Munich was funded by the European Commission’s FP7 programme, the UK Innovation Research Centre as well as the German Federal Ministry of Finance and the German State Media Authorities.

Research interests

  • Financial constraints to investment and innovation
  • Innovation dynamics in entrepreneurial firms, financing of research and development
  • Listed private equity, venture capital and fund pricing
  • Efficient capital markets, perception of risk by financial market participants
  • Earnings management, financial reporting
  • Quantitative methods in economics and finance

Ad-hoc reviews

I have reviewed papers for Research Policy; Financial Management; Journal of Business Venturing; European Journal of Finance; Journal of Business Research; Financial Review, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Journal of Small Business Management; Industrial and Corporate Change; Economics of Innovation and New Technology; Industry and Innovation; Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development; Emerging Markets Finance and Trade.

Teaching interests

Current Teaching

  • BB831 - Corporate finance (MBA)
  • B859 - Financial strategy: valuation, governance and ethics (MSc in Finance)
  • B860 - Research methods for finance (MSc in Finance)
  • B861 - Investment and portfolio management (MSc in Finance)
  • B862 - Derivatives and risk management (MSc in Finance)
  • Qualification Lead for the MSc in Finance

PhD supervision

Prospective doctoral students with an interest in private equity (e.g., angel investing, VC, buyout, crowdfunding), innovation finance or behavioural finance and strong quantitative skills who want to pursue an academic career are encouraged to get in touch with Henry. Please send your CV and research proposal, which should outline your main research question and proposed methods or datasets, to