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Janette Rutterford

Emeritus Professor of Finance and Financial History, The Open University

Janette is Emeritus Professor of Finance and Financial History at the Open University Business School. Prior to joining the OU, Janette worked at Credit Lyonnais as a gilts analyst, taught finance at the London School of Economics, and worked in corporate finance at N.M.Rothschild & Sons Limited.

Janette's research has centred around corporate finance, investment management, and the history of finance, investment and saving. She has written a number of texts, notably Corporate Finance & Capital Markets, Financial Strategy, and three editions of An Introduction to Stock Exchange Investment.

Her academic papers are in the field of performance measurement, equity valuation, pension funds, women and investment, and the history of investment and saving. She was involved in a major ESRC research grant which investigated women's wealth and investment from 1870 to 1930 completed in 2009. Her paper on the history of equity valuation in 2004 was awarded the Basil Yamey prize for the best published paper in Accounting, Business and Financial History in that year. She was co-editor with Professor Josephine Maltby of York University and Professor Anne Laurence of the Open University of a 2009 edited text: Women and their Money, 1700 to 1950 and, with David Green, Josephine Maltby, and Alastair Owens, of a 2011 OUP edited text: Men, Women and Money: Perspectives on Gender, Wealth and Investment 1850-1930.

Janette's current research is on corporate governance issues, behavioural finance, portfolio diversification, the democratisation of investment, and saving.

She is on the editorial board of Accounting History Review. She acts as referee for a number of journals, in particular Economic History Review and Business History. Until 2009, Janette was a non-executive member of the Strategic Investment Board of the Lord Chancellor's Office of the UK, responsible for monitoring investment of £5bn of investment funds on behalf of individuals. She has also been a member of a number of government committees, including the Technology Foresight Committee for the financial services sector. Janette has also advised a number of financial institutions on training of their staff and has been involved in the setting up and marketing to financial institutions of the Foundation Degree in Financial Services of the Open University. In 2016, she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Janette is a visiting professor at the Basque University of Bilbao and ESCP-Europe. She has dual French/British nationality and divides her time between France and the UK.


  • –present
    Professor of Financial Management, The Open University