Steven Neil Kaplan conducts research on issues in private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. He has published papers in a number of academic and business journals. He has testified to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. House Financial Services Committee about his research. Kaplan is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Economics.
Kaplan teaches advanced MBA and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate financial management, corporate governance, and wealth management. BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 business school teachers in the country.
Kaplan serves on the board or advisory board of Accretive Health, Columbia Acorn Funds, Morningstar, Sandbox Industries and the Illinois Venture Capital Association. He has been a member of the faculty since 1988.
He received his AB, summa cum laude, in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College and earned a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.
2014 - 2015 Course Schedule
||Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity
||Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: Developing a New Venture (New Venture Challenge)
Private equity; venture capital; corporate governance; boards of directors; mergers and acquisitions; corporate finance.
With Mark Klebanov and Morten Sorensen, "Which CEO Characteristics and Abilities Matter," Journal of Finance (2012).
With Antoinette Schoar, "Private Equity Performance: Returns, Persistence and Capital Flows," Journal of Finance (2005).
With Per Strömberg, "Financial Contracting Theory Meets the Real World: Evidence From Venture Capital Contracts," Review of Economic Studies (2003).
With Bengt Holmström, "Corporate Governance and Takeovers in the U.S.: Making Sense of the '80s and '90s," Journal of Economic Perspectives (2001).
"The Effects of Management Buyouts on Operations and Value," Journal of Financial Economics (1989).
For a listing of research publications please visit
’s university library listing