After my MBA in Banking and Finance, I obtained MSc in Corporate and International Finance from Durham University. I briefly worked in a bank as a relationship manager (evaluating creditworthiness of firms). I then obtained my PhD from Durham University, focusing on the link between economic growth and the efficiency/productivity of banks. I started my academic career as a research associate in 2004 in Loughborough University. Prior to joining the Open University as a Professor in Finance in August 2017, I was a reader in corporate finance and the director of postgraduate research programme in the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University.
My current research interests include corporate diversification, within-firm allocation of resources, security issuances, public procurement and mechanism design. I have worked on other topics in corporate finance such as insider trading, financing constraints and asset sell off, and bank efficiency and productivity. I have published in academic journals of international excellence, including Abacus, Accounting and Business Research, British Journal of Management, European Financial Management, European Journal of Finance, Financial Review and Human Resources Management (US).
I welcome high quality PhD applications in corporate finance, organisational economics and public finance. My ongoing research focuses on the significance of asymmetric information and agency problems within organisations (public and private).
I have extensive teaching experience in Financial Management & Corporate Policy, Advanced Corporate Finance, Financial Risk Management and Financial Derivatives at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have also taught on full-time and executive MBA programmes.
I am an Associate Editor for the European Journal of Finance and an External Examiner for the Accounting and Finance Programmes at the Management School, University of Sheffield. I am also a regular reviewer for funding applications submitted to the British Academy.
I have reviewed for British Journal of Management; Journal of International Business Studies; Journal of Banking and Finance; Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money; European Journal of Finance; Managerial Finance; Journal of Comparative Economics; Applied Economics; Applied Financial Economics; Journal of Economics and Business; Service Industries Journal; Economic Issues; Business and Politics; International Journal of Financial Services Management.
I have an extensive network of collaborators in leading business schools in and outside the UK including Cambridge, Leeds, Nottingham, Strathclyde and Sydney.