William Forster

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William Forster

Associate Professor, Business Administration

Graduate & Research Center 241
650 SW Columbia Street
Bend, OR 97702
United States

Ph.D. Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics, University of Virginia, 2009
M.B.A Technology Management & Finance, University of Colorado, 2003
M.S. Cost Analysis, US Air Force Institute of Technology, 1997
B.S. Management, US Air Force Academy, 1995

Bill Forster is an associate professor of innovation and entrepreneurship and an experienced leader. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and researches how entrepreneurs make decisions, act and interact to create value and innovate. His research has been published in premier academic journals, including the Academy of Management Review (AMR), the Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and the Journal of Business Ethics. Bill served on the editorial review board of both AMR and JBV and is currently an Editor (Psychology and Entrepreneurship) for JBV.

Prior to joining OSU, Bill taught at the US Air Force Academy, Lehigh U. and Willamette U. and was the director of the Willamette Angel Fund. Professionally, he served for twelve years as an Air Force officer, leading high technology development programs and consulting with the Air Force, DoD and other federal agencies. He consults on various topics, including innovation, leadership and strategy, and has worked with various for and not-for-profit companies in Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Oregon.

Honors and Awards

International Association for Business & Society Best Published Paper, 2022
Atkinson Graduate School of Management Faculty Member of the Year, 2022
NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center Research Fellow, 2018-2022
CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council, 2018
Excellence in MBA Teaching Award, Lehigh University, 2015, 2018
Frank L. Magee Distinguished Professor, Lehigh University, 2017
Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Best Paper, 2013 
United States Air Force Ph.D. Fellowship 2005-2007
United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, 2005