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Faculty Profile: William Oliver

William Oliver

Adjunct Professor in the Brandeis International Business School

Entrepreneurship, Microfinance, Healthcare Innovation, Evidenced-Based Management

Professor Oliver is a practitioner as well as an academic. As a practitioner, Dr. Oliver has worked with Bain & Company, KPMG, and Gemini Consulting. He also started four new companies, obtaining venture financing and building them to success. He has been building innovation into healthcare since 1983. He started while a consultant at Bain, launching a consulting practice successfully reducing costs of hospitals. He left Bain to build a start-up software firm that came to dominate its portion of the medical billing market. After selling that company, Professor Oliver continued to promote healthcare innovation through improving claims management at BCBS of Massachusetts and reducing costs of several leading hospitals nationally. Dr. Oliver also served as a partner in 3i, a UK-based venture capital firm, where he raised $140 million to fund deNovis, an innovative healthcare software firm later sold to IBM. Dr. Oliver has also worked to drive healthcare innovation into state government – working with governors of several states develop public-private partnerships, improve business process, and implement new technology solutions.

As an academic, Professor Oliver researches Evidenced-Based Management. This has included researching the effectiveness of microfinance programs globally. He has been invited to present his findings at conferences of the Academy of Management, ARNOVA and the Mandel Center.

Dr. Oliver has taught management and entrepreneurship to both Masters and undergraduate students at Tufts University, University of California Irvine, Suffolk University, and Gordon College.

Case Western Reserve University, D.M.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S.
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, B.B.A.