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William Coyle

William   Coyle  

Associate Professor of Accounting

Director of Russian Programs
B.S. University of Notre Dame
M.B.A. Cornell University
Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Academic Division

​After earning an undergraduate degree in accounting at the University of Notre Dame, Professor Coyle took a position as a staff accountant for Price Waterhouse. While there, he earned his CPA, was promoted to senior, and did a six-month tour of duty in Saudi Arabia. Professor Coyle later left Price Waterhouse to obtain his M.B.A. at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. While there, he did some teaching and discovered that instead of getting rich on Wall Street, he wanted to become a professor. Prof. Coyle earned his Ph.D. in Accounting from Texas A&M University in 1993.

Professor Coyle came to Babson in 1992, and received tenure in May 1999.

Professor Coyle has taught in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs at Babson. Professor Coyle teaches Financial Accounting and Auditing in the Undergraduate Program, International Accounting in the MSA Program and Financial Accounting in the MBA Program. For the auditing class, Prof. Coyle simultaneously teaches both Babson undergraduates and undergraduate students at the Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg University, Russia.

Professor Coyle's research interests are in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He has published numerous cases, book chapters and articles about the business environment in Russia, including consideration of how that business environment is affected by geopolitical circumstances. He has traveled to Russia, including Siberia (by choice) and Ukraine, more than 100 times since his first trip to Russia in January 1993. Annually Professor Coyle leads a group of Babson MBA students to St. Petersburg Russia for a Russian Business Environment course. Prof. Coyle was among the architects of Babson’s unique undergraduate study abroad program, where students spend a month in China, Russia and India. Prof. Coyle teaches the business environment component of the students’ Russia experience. Since January 1993, Professor Coyle has led 28 groups of Babson MBA and undergraduate students to Russia, totaling over 700 students.

Prof. Coyle is co-chair of the Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee, a member of the Faculty Senate and has served on various sub-committees and task forces.

He is a member of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce and a CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.​

Prof. Coyle regularly attends the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia where Swan Lake is his favorite ballet. He plays golf poorly, noting that trips to Russia and Ukraine do little to help improve his golf handicap.