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William F Hamilton

Ralph Landau Professor Emeritus of Management and Technology

Research Interests: entrepreneurship, technological innovation, technology strategy and planning

Contact Information

Address: 3537 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-4145



PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1967; MBA, University of Pennsylvania, 1964; MS, University of Pennsylvania, 1964; BS, University of Pennsylvania, 1961

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1967-present (named Ralph Landau Professor of Management and Technology, 1978; Director, Jerome Fisher Management and Technology Program, 1978-present; Associate Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the National Health Care Management Center, 1975-78; Director of Research and Development, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, 1972-74; Senior Research Associate, Management Science Center, 1967-69).

Other Positions

Special Assistant to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1974-75; Senior Operations Analyst, University City Science Center, 1967-70; Research Engineer, Sun Oil Company, 1961-64

Corporate and Public Sector Leadership

Director, Neose Technologies, 1991-present; Director, Marlton Technologies, 1988-present; Director, Hunt Manufacturing, 1986-present; Director, Centocor, 1985-present; Director, Digital Lightwave, 1997-present


  • William F Hamilton (1997), Managing Technology as a Strategic Asset, International Journal of Technology Management, 14: 2-4.
  • William F Hamilton (1990), The Dynamics of Technology and Strategy, European Journal of Operational Research, 47.  Abstract
  • William F Hamilton (1985), Corporate Strategies for Managing Emerging Technologies, Technology in Society, 7: 2-3.  Abstract

Awards And Honors

  • David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching (Undergraduate Division), 2003
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (Undergraduate Division), 2003
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for distinguished undergraduate teaching, 2000
  • David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching (Undergraduate Division), 1991
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (Undergraduate Division), 1991-1999
  • White House Fellow, 1973-1974
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award for Teaching Excellence, 1971

In The News



  • MGMT235 - Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    The focus of this course is on analysis of the issues and options which must be faced in developing a successful technological venture and on the creation of a winning business plan. Particular attention is directed to the identification of technology-based venture opportunities, evaluation of technical feasibility and commericial potential, and planning for successful commercialization.