Babson College Appoints New Dean of Faculty Bala Iyer

Teaching in the undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs Iyer brings expertise and leadership to the role

Bala IyerBabson College, ranked No. 1 for entrepreneurship, has appointed a new Dean of Faculty, Bala Iyer.  Iyer joined Babson in 2006 as Associate Professor and has taught in the graduate, undergraduate and executive education programs.

For the past three years, he has served as chair of the Technology Operations and Information Management (TOIM) division. Under his leadership, the division has undergone a strategic redesign, introducing several state-of-the-art electives, creating an advisory board of companies and becoming more customer-focused.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bala Iyer as our new Dean of Faculty,” says Provost Michael Johnson. “His impressive resume and leadership as Chair of the TOIM Division proves that he is a great fit to lead our faculty and steward the culture of teaching, research and service here at Babson.”

Bala Iyer

Iyer received his Ph.D. from New York University with a minor in computer science. His research interests include studying digital businesses from an ecosystem perspective, exploring the role of IT architectures in delivering business capabilities, designing knowledge management systems using concepts from systems design, hypertext design and workflow management, querying complex dynamic systems, and designing model management systems.

Recently, he has begun to analyze the digital titans to understand how the nature of competition has evolved and strategies for incumbents to respond. His previous work was in the software industry to understand the logic and patterns of emergence of architecture from two complementary perspectives. The emergent architecture as a network of connections among a set of components (modules) that interoperate across one or more platforms and the emergent architecture is the result of moves and countermoves by different companies supplying these modules and platforms.

He has published papers in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management Information Systems, California Management Review, Communications of the ACM, Communications of AIS, Decision Support Systems, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society and in several proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference of Systems Sciences.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for​ Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®​. The top​-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®​ as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​​

By Shannon Sweeny, ssweeny1@babson.edu, (781) 239-4621 | 6/28/2017 8:00 AM