Faculty Biography

Paul A. Gompers
Professor of Business Administration
Morgan 485
Graduate School of Business Administration
Harvard University
Boston, MA 02163

His research focuses on the structure, governance, and performance of private equity funds; sources of financing, incentive design, and performance of private firms; and long-run performance evaluation for newly public companies. His work on private equity funds has examined the relationship between general partners and their portfolio companies.   (Much of his research is collected in The Venture Capital Cycle, forthcoming from MIT Press.)  Gompers has investigated factors affecting the structure, timing, and monitoring activities by the general partner and how these factors affect the success or failure of entrepreneurial firms. Similarly, he has examined the relationship between institutional investors and private equity fund managers. This work has examined a large collection of partnership agreements and examined issues of compensation, covenants and restrictions, as well as distribution policy and performance. Other research efforts examine the institutional and market factors that influence the performance of newly public companies. He is a Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Researchís Corporate Finance Program. 

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Links to  MBA Courses:

Entrepreneurial Finance

Links to Focused Financial Management Series:

Conflict and Evolution in Private Equity (January 1996)

Corporate Venture Capital (May and September 1997)

International Private Equity (May 1998)

Structuring Effective Private Equity Partnerships (May 1999 and November 2000)

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Finance Journals

Venture Capital Resources on the Web

Resources for Small Businesses

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Entrepreneurial Management

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Working Papers


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