William J. Poorvu

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Class of 1961 Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship
Emeritus, Harvard Business School

William Poorvu is the Class of 1961 Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship, Emeritus at Harvard Business School, where he taught Real Property Asset Management and Field Studies in Real Property courses since the 1970s to 2002. From 1968 to 1977, Prof. Poorvu was Senior Lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has developed many of the most popular real estate teaching cases used in programs throughout the United States. His research concentrates on the entrepreneurial process in large and small companies, capital formation in real estate, and the growth and operation of real estate companies and family businesses. He is the author of a casebook entitled The Real Estate Challenge: Capitalizing on Change (1996), as well as Real Estate: A Case Study Approach (1993). His most recent book is The Real Estate Game: The Intelligent Guide to Decision-Making and Investment (1999). He has served as the managing partner in a number of real estate companies and as Chairman of the advisory committee of the Baupost Group, Inc., an investment advisory firm.