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William Forster

Department of Management: Assistant Professor

  • United States Air Force Academy, B.S.
  • Air Force Institute of Technology, M.S.
  • University of Colorado, M.B.A.
  • University of Virginia, Ph.D.

William Forster's research interests include entrepreneurial decision making, founding partnerships, and business ethics. He has published papers on these topics in the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Business Ethics and the Journal of Management Education. He is also a member of the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Review.

Professor Forster joined the Lehigh faculty in 2009 after graduating from the University of Virginia with a Ph.D. in Business Administration with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, and Business Ethics. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he was an Instructor of Management at the United States Air Force Academy where he earned the James R. Woody Outstanding Educator Award and was awarded an Air Force PhD Fellowship. He has twelve years experience as an Air Force officer and worked as both a financial and project manager in numerous technology development programs.

Research Interests
  • Entrepreneurial Decision Making
  • Founding Partnerships & New Venture Teams
  • Business Ethics
Selected Publications and Working Papers
  • Beyond Hubris: How Highly Confident Entrepreneurs Rebound to Venture Again
  • Whither the promise? Moving Forward with Entrepreneurship as a Science of the Artificial
  • Crossing the Valley of Despondence: The Role of Confidence in Building Entrepreneurial Competence
  • CSR and Stakeholder Theory: A Tale of Adam Smith
  • The Genesis of Entrepreneurial Founding Partnerships: Why do some Co-found?
  • An Error Based Theory of Entrepreneurial Confidence: Judgment Under Knightian Uncertainity
  • The Role of Under and Overconfidence in the Development of Entrepreneurial Expertise
  • Founding Partnerships and New Firm Profitability
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