William R. Kerr

Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff - MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration

William Kerr is a Professor at Harvard Business School. Bill is the faculty chair of the Launching New Ventures program for executive education, and he has received Harvard's Distinction in Teaching award.

Bill focuses on how companies and economies explore new opportunities and generate growth. He considers the leadership and resources necessary to identify, launch and sustain dynamic and enduring organizations, and his recent work on Launching Global Ventures especially emphasized global opportunities. Bill is a recipient of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

Bill works with companies worldwide on the development of new ventures and transformations for profitable growth. He also advises governments about investments in the innovative capacities of their nations.

Bill and his family live in Lexington, MA. They enjoy outdoor sports and trail running, are active members of their local church, and maintain close ties to his wife's home country of Finland. Bill grew up in Alabama and remains a passionate college football fan. 

Disclosure of potential conflict of interests

This is a voluntary disclosure of potential conflicts of interest. This is recommended but not currently required of faculty members at Harvard Business School. During the past three years, I have worked with the following organizations in advisory, consulting, or executive training roles.

Alvogen; Arcelik; Bank of Finland; Bizcuit; Changsha Broadcast and TV Group; Charles Institute of Management; China Yunnan Construction Engineering Group; Decision Institute; Endeavor; Ensto; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Excelorators; Executive Global Systems; GiantBug Education; Groupos Argos; HENRY; Huaxia; Huhtamaki; IGM; International Education and Leadership Foundation; J3P Personica; Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation; Kalmar; Keystone Consulting; LahiTapiola; Linkage Asia; Made in China International; Maybank; Microsoft Corporation; National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation; National Association of Manufacturers; National Bureau of Economic Research; NAG; Outotec; Oxford University Press; Real Colegio Complutentense; Red Giraffe; ScaleX; Signet; SR-Bank; Turkcell; UPM; US-China International Business Network; West Wood International Education; Workplace Intelligence; World Bank; YLE; Young Presidents Organization.