Professor, Harvard Business School
William Sahlman is a Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He received an A.B. degree in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. His research focuses on entrepreneurship. Mr. Sahlman has written numerous articles and two textbooks on topics including entrepreneurial management, venture capital, deal structuring, commercializing science, healthcare, and the role of entrepreneurship in the global economy. In 1985, Mr. Sahlman introduced a new second-year elective course called Entrepreneurial Finance. Over 8,000 students have taken that course. Mr. Sahlman has published over 200 cases and notes for classroom use.
From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Sahlman was Senior Associate Dean for External Relations. From 1991 to 1999, he was Senior Associate Dean, Director of Publishing Activities. From 2009 to 2015, he was chairman of the Advisory Committee for Harvard Stem Cell Science. Mr. Sahlman is a member of the Advisory Board or Board of Directors for several private companies including Cell Works Group, GSV Acceleration Fund and Semma Therapeutics.