Dr Laura Haar

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Position: Lecturer in International Business
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


Laura is Lecturer in International Business at Manchester Business School. She completed her PhD at University of Reading, Department of Economics and also holds an MA (Distinction) in Economic Integration in Western Europe from the Graduate School of European Studies, Reading University UK. She is a British Council Chevening Fellow and a recipient of the EU ACE Phare scholarship programme. Prior to undertaking postgraduate study and research, Laura worked as project consultant and project analyst at the Department of European Integration and the Romanian Agency for Direct Investment, Bucharest. As an undergraduate student she held a part-time research position at the Institute for Global Economy, Bucharest. Her research focuses on European economic integration, including trade patterns, energy markets and economic development in Central and Eastern Europe. Laura is affiliated with a number of academic associations such as the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), European Business History Association (EBHA), the European International Business Association (EIBA) and the Institute of Economic Affairs, London (IEA).

Research Interests

Laura's research explored the economics of foreign direct investment and used the inter-war East Central European data as a defined field for testing various hypotheses about multinational enterprises. In this context, the relationship between multinational enterprises and host/home governments, with emphasis upon oil, manufacturing and banking sectors featured prominently in her research. More recently, Laura focused her research on the economics of oil/energy sector and analysed the impact of European Energy Market deregulation and liberalisation initiatives upon investment strategies of US energy utilities in Europe. With East Central European countries now part of the EU, Laura continues to study the impact of European economic integration upon international trade patterns and European energy policy. She publishes in internationally recognised academic journals including Business History, Financial History Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Europe-Asia Journal and Energy Policy. She often presents her work at a number of leading international business and trade conferences including European International Business Conference, Academy of International Business and the European Trade Study Group Conference.

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Laura's teaching portfolio includes undergraduate courses such as International Business I and Internatinal Business II; postgraduate courses such as International Trade: Theory, Policy and Practice and Fundamentals of International Business, plus executive education lectures on international business themes. Undergraduate courses are delivered in Singapore, as part of MBS's BSc in Management Programme, offered jointly with Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

In addition, Laura supervises MSc, Phd and DBA dissertations.

As Deputy Director for the UMIST/ifs (Institute of Financial Services, London) part-time programmes Laura had been responsible for Syllabus Development and Accreditation. Over the last few years, she acted as Programme Director and Admission Officer for the BSc Management, Singapore. Recently, Laura has been appointed Academic Admissions Officer for MBS undergraduate programmes.

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At MBS Laura delivers as a sole lecturer/coordinator a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses such as: International Business: The Global Environment (UG, year 2); International Business: Strategy, Structure and Business Functions (UG, year 3) and International Trade: Theory, Policy and Practice (MSc IBM). She also contributes lectures to other courses such as Fundamentals of International Business (MSc IBM) and is guest lecturer on Executive programmes such as AMAC Exec Education and Foundation of Business Administration & English.

Prior to her appointment at MBS, Laura contributed towards other postgraduate courses such as Comparative International Management and Development of International Business.

Showing 45 publication(s)


  • Haar, L., & Haar, L. (2016). An Option Analysis of the European Union Renewable Energy Support Mechanisms. Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy . . Publication link: 63a286db-38d3-4fab-9851-4aa36396201f



  • Haar, L. N., Jackson, K., Marinescu, N., & Raileanu-Szeles, M. (2013). European Energy Policy: Past and Present Challenges. In Re-Examinint EU Policies from a Global Perspective: Scenarios for Future Developments. Palgrave Macmillan . . Publication link: 8bc2dd54-9b16-4f24-ad0f-7e9b9b31eb37


  • Haar, L. N. (2012). Inward FDI in A Transition Economy: Characteristics and Performance Over the Last Ten Years. In host publication.. Publication link: df92b157-7406-41ac-83e9-7527ca950666



  • Haar, L. N. (2010). Market Liberalization versus 'National Champions' in Romania's Electricity Sector. In host publication. (Vol. 2). Publication link: c29f8c21-0937-4fa0-a460-cda53a4c436a


  • Haar, L., & Marinescu, N. (2009). European Regional Integration and Multinational Investment in Romania's Liberalised Energy Markets. In host publication.. Publication link: 19ae8759-0784-42bb-83ef-5339263912d6





  • Haar, L. N. (2005). Deregulation and Privatisation of European Energy Markets: the experience of US Energy Utilities in Europe in the Early 1990s. In EIBA Annual Conference.. Publication link: 68356940-4105-45f6-9292-8d33eec696cd


  • Bosworth, D. L., Haar, L. N., & Massini, S. (2003). Changes in the Global Concentration of R&D, Invention, and New Product Launch Activity: an empirical study (keynote speech). In IoIR/ASEAT Conference on 'Knowledge and Economic and Social Change: new challenges to innovation studies'.. Publication link: ccb3a3ad-3d31-42c0-a150-01b5911abefc
  • Haar, L. N. (2003). What Went Wrong? The Experience of the US Energy Utilities in Europe during the 1990s. In Association of Business Historians Conference.. Publication link: 3da81a24-a763-4946-b90f-939b7e579b7c
  • Haar, L. N. (2003). Applying and Expanding FDI Theoretical Framework to Explain Systematic Business Failures: the experience of US energy companies in Europe since 1980s. In Annual Conference of the Association of Business Historians.. Publication link: 1895435f-e21a-4946-94ab-b1eb800d8acd


  • Haar, L. N. (2002). European Gas Markets: is investment in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) a way forward? In OXERA Energy Groups Quarterly Seminar.. Publication link: 6a745f25-1917-48d0-9591-516cebd24bc2


  • Haar, L. N. (2001). The Politics of the European Oil Investments in Romania and Poland Prior to 1948. In Centre for International Business History's Workshop (CIBH).. Publication link: df85cbb8-10fe-437e-b477-1ca7d2a872b1


  • Haar, L. (2000). Multinational Investment in East Central Europe Between 1918 and 1948: Entrepreneurship, Institutional Forms and Government-Business Interplay Reading, UK: The University of Reading, Department of Economics. Publication link: addaa16a-0df3-4392-bda4-0650bd501a16
  • Bosworth, D. L., Haar, L. N., & Massini, S. (2000). Change in the Global Concentration of R&D, Invention, and New Product Launch Activity [keynote speech]. In Applied Econometrics Association Conference on Trademarks and Patents.. Publication link: de305d80-e921-4b01-9a10-8dd98c2e9508
  • Haar, L. (2000). Italian Multinational Banking in the Inter-War East Central Europe. (Mancherster School of Management, UMIST; No. 2001).. Publication link: f56a1fc1-067b-4438-9081-ae05331cbd05
  • Haar, L. (2000). Free-standing companies in the oil sector in Romania and Poland before 1948: a comparative perspective. Business History, 42(4), 27-66. . Publication link: 2287bc41-351c-4060-9ed4-a788ada509c6


  • Haar, L., Amatori, F. (Ed.), Colli, A. (Ed.), & Crepas, N. (Ed.) (1999). Host governments and multinationals' strategies in East Central Europe before 1948. In Deindustrialisation and Reindustrialisation in Twentieth Century Europe. (pp. 476-492). Milan: FrancAngeli. . Publication link: 4caa9b55-b0a2-4785-b126-1a4288478d49



  • Haar, L. (1997). Banking Enterpreneurship and Foreign Direct Investment: The Case of Banca Commerciale Italiana in East Central Europe. (Discussion Papers in Economics and Management, The University of Reading, Department of Economics; No. 381, Series A, vol X).. Publication link: 2e637ffd-db93-47dc-bf95-f7bd225adcae
  • Haar, L. (1997). Free-Standing Companies in Romania Before 1948: typologies and competencies. (Discussion Papers in International Investment & Management, University of Reading, Department of Economics; No. 244, Series B, vol X).. Publication link: cbb6c74b-d28d-4a6a-b32c-ac303f321232