Dr Hermann Rapp

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Accounting, Finance and Operations Staff - beta version

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Business, management, leadership and law

Dr Hermann Rapp is a senior lecturer at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. His background is in consultancy, the software and telecommunications industries, and banking, where he worked for more than ten years in various management positions.

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During his time in industry, Hermann was exposed to all facets of general management and project management for clients from the public and private sectors, and for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as international firms. He is a qualified coach and has worked with and taught managers in executive education, consultancy and talent development programmes in several European countries. He supervises dissertations at Masters and doctoral level.

Research interests

  • Data standards in the financial industry
  • Business Process Management
  • Semantic analytics, Big Data and Open Linked Data
  • Strategic decision making processes
  • Performance management

Current research interests are focused on information systems research and innovation theory. Research projects include data standards and innovation in the financial industry, business intelligence and semantic analytics.

Areas of research supervision

  • Business intelligence
  • Semantic analytics, Big Data and Open Linked Data
  • Risk management in the financial industry
  • Financial reporting and XBRL


Dr Rapp has teaching experience in Higher Education since 2004 at Undergraduate, Master, Doctoral and Executive levels. Topics taught include Operations Management (UG, PG), Project Management (PG), Systems and Operations Management (UG), Business Analytics (UG), Research Methods (PG), Web Programming for Managers (UG) and Academic Skills (UG).


  • PhD, University of Bradford
  • PG Diploma in Research Methods, University of Bradford
  • PGC HE, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA Management and Business Administration, EMP; Bradford/AUDENCIA/Deusto
  • Diploma in European Studies (D.E.E.), specialization in EU law, University of Deusto
  • Certified Black Belt in Six Sigma, Harrison Institute, Inc., USA
  • Certified Project Manager, Harrison Institute, Inc., USA
  • EFQM Auditor, ECTQM, Bradford

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • European Operations Management Association (EurOMA)
  • British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)
  • British Academy of Management (BAM)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Dr Rapp has led consultancy projects in strategic management and information technology. He has also led seminars and workshops in Executive Education and Talent Development in the areas of knowledge management and project management.

Selected recent publications

Rapp, H. and Harth, A. 2014. Data nirvana or the next round of innovation: semantic data analytics for securities post-trading value chains, 21st EurOMA conference, Palermo, 20-25 June 2014

Rapp, H. 2013. Which XBRL Implementation? Joint Conference of the British Accounting & Finance Association (BAFA) Northern Area Group and the Interdisciplinary Perspectives SIG, Nottingham, 9-10 September 2013

Rapp, H. 2013. Corporate Intellectual Capital Information: A process framework for identifying, processing, commercializing and disclosing it, British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Annual Conference, Newcastle, 9-11 April 2013

Recent presentations and conferences

Chair of Workshop on "Communicating Risk", 4th Cambridge International Regulation and Governance Conference, 6 Sep 2012, Queens College, University of Cambridge