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Professor Biographies

William Ker

William Ker

William Kerr is a Professor at Harvard Business School. Bill is the faculty chair of the Launching New Ventures program and director of the Managing the Future of Work initiative. His work focuses on how companies explore new opportunities and generate growth. He has received Harvard’s Distinction in Teaching award and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. Bill has worked with companies worldwide on the development of new ventures and transformations for profitable growth.


Lynda M. Applegate

Lynda M. Applegate

Lynda M. Applegate is the Baker Foundation Professor at HBS. She helped to build the school’s Technology and Innovation Special Interest Group. and launch the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at HBS and headed the unit for many years. Lynda continues to play a leading role in developing HBS Executive Education Programs for entrepreneurs and business owners. She was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Arizona. In addition to her academic positions, Lynda also held a variety of leadership positions in the healthcare industry.

Her research and publications focus on the challenges of building new ventures and leading radical business innovation in the face of significant industry, technological, capital market, and regulatory turbulence. A second stream of research examines emerging governance models to support inter-firm collaborative innovation. She is currently embarking on a study of the evolution of entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets and technology clusters and is also conducting a global study of high impact women entrepreneurs. She is the author of over 40 articles, books, and book chapters, and over 350 published case studies, online learning DVDs, and course materials.

She is an active international consultant and has served on the board of directors of public, private, non-profit and venture-backed companies.