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