William R. Kerr

MBA Class of 1975 Professor of Entrepreneurial Management

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 explore new opportunities and generate growth. He considers the leadership and resources necessary to identify, launch and sustain dynamic 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 the fostering of dynamic capabilities. 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 financial interests. This is recommended but not currently required of faculty members at Harvard Business School. During the past three years, I have received material compensation (>$5,000) from the following organizations outside of Harvard University:

  • Bank of Finland
  • Charles Institute of Management
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Keystone Consulting
  • Linkage Asia
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Nordic Advisory Group
  • Oxford University Press
  • Real Colegio Complutentense
  • West Wood International Education
  • Workplace Intelligence
  • World Bank