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William Coyle

Associate Professor

Academic Division: Accounting & Law
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Bio

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.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Texas A&M University
  • MBA, Cornell University
  • BBA, University of Notre Dame

Academic Interests

Accounting; Auditing; Financial Accounting; Russian Business Environment

Awards & Honors

  • 2005 - Professor of the Year

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • ACC 4520: AUDITING
  • MOB 3583: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IN RUSSIA
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • ACC 7555: GOV AND NOT FOR PROFIT ACCT
  • ACC 7545: INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING
  • ACC 1000: INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Coyle, W.H. (2006). An American Perspective on Russia-EU Relations. Journal of International Relations

Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Coyle, W.H., Starov, S., Gladkikh , I., Rasha, E. (2012). International Institutional Case Writing: The Case of St. Petersburg State University. International Journal of Case Method Research & Application, XXIV(1), 15-22.
  • Coyle, W.H., Shirokova, G., Shatalov, A. (2011). Dve Palochki: A Non-Japanese Restaurant of Japanese Cuisine. ECCH Case Reference Number 309-261-1,
  • Coyle, W.H., Zhiglinskaya, N. (2006). Lenta of Saint Petersburg Russia.

Book Chapters

  • Shirokova, G., Coyle, W.H., Shatalov, A. (2013). Growth Factors of Russian Entrepreneurial Firms. In Hamid Etemad (Ed.), The Process of Internationalization in Emerging SMEs and Emerging Economies. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar
  • Coyle, W.H. (2005). Entrepreneurship Thrive in Russia.Market Democracy in Post-Communist Russia.: Wisdom House

Presentations

  • Teaching Auditing in the US and Russia Simultaneously Through Tele-Presence Technology
    Coyle, W. Teaching Auditing in the US and Russia Simultaneously Through Tele-Presence Technology American Accounting Association Northeast Regional Meeting, Providence RI (2015)
  • The Effect of Geopolitics on International Business and International Business on Geopolitics: The Case of Russia and the West over Ukraine
    Coyle, W. The Effect of Geopolitics on International Business and International Business on Geopolitics: The Case of Russia and the West over Ukraine GSOM Emerging Markets Conference: Business and Government Perspectives; Graduate School of Management , St. Petersburg, Russia (2014)
  • International Venture Capital: In/From/Within Russia
    Coyle, W. International Venture Capital: In/From/Within Russia 4th Don Venture Fair, Rostov-on–Don, Russia (2013)
  • The Role and the Place of Present Day Universities in Innovative Development Transfer
    Coyle, W. The Role and the Place of Present Day Universities in Innovative Development Transfer 13th Russian Venture Capital Fair, Irkutsk Russia (2012)
  • Universities as a Territory for Preparing Young Innovative and Creative Entrepreneurs
    Coyle, W. Universities as a Territory for Preparing Young Innovative and Creative Entrepreneurs 13th Russian Venture Capital Fair, Irkutsk Russia (2012)
  • IFRS: What You Need to Know
    Coyle, W. IFRS: What You Need to Know Boston Breakfast Roundtable compliance, Boston, MA (2010)
  • US-Russia Technology Conference
    Coyle, W. US-Russia Technology Conference Wrap Up: Moving Forward; , Boston, MA (2009)
  • Babson College Master Class for Young Entrepreneurs
    Coyle, W. Babson College Master Class for Young Entrepreneurs 10th Russian Venture Fair, Moscow, Russia (2009)
  • GEM Report Results for Russia
    Coyle, W. GEM Report Results for Russia , St. Petersburg, Russia (2008)

  • Coyle, W. Russian-Finnish Research Conference, Lappeenranta, Finland (2008)
  • Institutional Investors: Will They Exist in Russia
    Coyle, W. Institutional Investors: Will They Exist in Russia 9th Russian Venture Fair, St. Petersburg, Russia (2008)
  • Master Class for Innovation Companies: The Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
    Coyle, W. Master Class for Innovation Companies: The Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 9th Russian Venture Fair, St. Petersburg, Russia (2008)
  • Modern Trends for Training Manpower for the Innovation Economy
    Coyle, W. Modern Trends for Training Manpower for the Innovation Economy 9th Russian Venture Fair, St. Petersburg, Russia (2008)