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 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. 

  1. Examples of current projects

    by William R. Kerr

    • Entrepreneurship, innovation and growth
    • Transformations for profitable growth
    • Corporate innovation and venturing
    • High-skilled immigration and the structure of US firms
    • Agglomeration forces and cluster structure
    • Global on-line labor markets