Home > Economic History > Faculty and Staff > profiles > Professor Leslie Hannah


Professor Leslie Hannah


Leslie Hannah has spent most of his academic career at LSE, where in the 1980s he was pro-Director, and has taught at other major universities in America, Europe and Japan. He was also dean of two business schools and served on various company boards.

He is currently researching the contrasts in business development in Europe, Asia and America and his main teaching focus is currently MN 245, the course on Globalisation developed for the MSc in Management at LSE.

Contact Details

Office hours

  • Monday 10.15-11.15am

Academic Posts   

1969-73 Research Fellow, St John's College, Oxford

1973-75 Lecturer in Economics, University of Essex

1975-78  Lecturer, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Emmanuel College

1978-88 Director, Business History Unit, London School of Economics

 1982-97  Professor, London School of Economics

 1984-85  Visiting Professor, Harvard Business School

 1988-89 Visiting Professor, London Business School

 1995-97  Pro-Director, London School of Economics

 (Acting Director 1996-97)

 1997-2000 Dean, City University Business School, London

 2000-2003 Chief Executive, Ashridge Business School

 2004-2007 Professor of Economics, University of Tokyo

  2007 Directeur d'Etudes Associé, EHESS, Paris

  2007-2013     Visiting Professor, London School of Economics


Select Publications

 The Rise of the Corporate Economy (Methuen/University Paperback/John Hopkins University Press, 1976; 2nd edition, 1983; Japanese edition 1987)

 Editor, Management Strategy and Business Development (Macmillan, 1976)

 (with J Kay) Concentration in Modern Industry: Theory, Measurement and the UK Experience (Macmillan, 1977)

 Electricity Before Nationalisation (Macmillan and Johns Hopkins, 1982)

 Engineers, Managers and Politicians (Macmillan and Johns Hopkins, 1982)

 Entrepreneurs and the Social Sciences (inaugural lecture, LSE, 1984)

Inventing Retirement: The Development of Occupational Pensions in Britain (Cambridge University Press, 1986)

 (with J A Kay and R Cohen) Electricity Privatisation and the Area Boards: the Case for 12 (London Economics, 1987)

ed, Pension Asset Management: An International Perspective (Richard D Irwin, Homewood, Illinois, 1988)

Marshall's 'Trees' and the Global 'Forest': Were Giant Redwoods Different? In Naomi Lamoreaux, Daniel Raff, and Peter Temin, eds., Learning by doing in markets, firms, and countries. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press,1999)

(with K Wada), Miezaru te no hangyaku. (Yuhikaku, Tokyo 2001)

(with M Ackrill), Barclays: The Business of Banking 1690-1996 (CUP 2001)

The Whig Theory of Business (OUP, forthcoming)

Numerous articles and consultancy reports

Curriculam Vitae

CV (pdf)|