William R. Kerr

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

Harvard Business School

Harvard University

Rock Center 212
Boston, MA 02163

(617) 496-7021


Website: Harvard faculty profile

Issues: Innovation and Economic Growth

About William R. Kerr

William Kerr is the Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff - MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is also the co-director of Harvard’s Managing the Future of Work initiative and faculty chair of the Launching New Ventures program for executive education. Professor Kerr 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.


Professor Kerr was awarded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship in 2013, which is awarded annually to one scholar under age 40 for research on entrepreneurship. Prior to that, in 2009, Professor Kerr was awarded a Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research. Additional honors include receiving Harvard’s Distinction in Teaching award, and was designated the HBS MBA Class of 1961 Fellow.


Professor Kerr has worked with firms worldwide. Past projects include business plan development for start-up ventures in Hong Kong, establishing a corporate entrepreneurship and CVC unit within a Korean chaebol, and evaluating the acquisition of early-stage communications companies for a US multinational entering the Asian market. He also advised the governments of South Africa and Singapore on the economic benefits from telecom market deregulation.



Professor Kerr provided TAP with insights into his current work. Read the interview:
Unlocking the Path to Prosperity with Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A Conversation with Professor William Kerr


Ph.D., Economics, MIT, 2005
B.S., Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, 1996