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Bill Coyle

  • Associate Professor
Academic Division: Accounting & Law


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 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 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 has taught Financial Accounting and Auditing in the Undergraduate Program, International Accounting, Forensic Accounting and Government/Non-Profit Accounting in the MSA Program and Financial Accounting in the MBA Program. For the auditing class, From 2010 to 2014 Prof. Coyle simultaneously taught Auditing to both Babson undergraduates and undergraduate students at the Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg University, Russia. Prof. Coyle was on the design team of Babson's BRIC Program and since its inception in 2008 has taught the Russian business course. From 1996 to 2014 Prof. Coyle took MBAs to Russia to teach a Russia in Transition course. 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. Since January 1993, Professor Coyle has led 35 groups of Babson MBA and undergraduate students to Russia, totaling over 800 students. Prof. Coyle has served as a co-chair and elected member of the Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee, a member of the Faculty Senate and was a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and has served on various sub-committees, including those of the Board of Trustees and on numerous curriculum-related task forces. He is a member of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce and a CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.‚Äč 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 Interest / Expertise

Accounting; Auditing; Financial Accounting; Russian Business Environment

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 — 2017 Top 40 Undergraduate Professors, Poets and Quants for Undergrads
  • 2005 — Professor of the Year ,


  • Degree Courses 2022



Journal Articles

  • Tkachenko, S., Coyle, W.H. (2020). BRICS and a New Model of Hegemonic Stability. Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University: International Relations. Vol: 13, Issue: 3, Page: 294 - 309. Saint Petersburg University.
  • Attachot, W., Coyle, W.H., Juras, P.E., Muehlmann, B.W. (2018). Copilots with Entrepreneurs. Strategic Finance. Vol: 100, Issue: 2, Page: 60-66. Institute of Management Accountants. link
  • Coyle, W.H. (2006). An American Perspective on Russia-EU Relations. Journal of International Relations. St. Petersburg State Press.

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. Vol: XXIV, Issue: 1, Page: 15-22. World Association for Case Method Research & Application (WACRA).
  • Coyle, W.H., Shirokova, G., Shatalov, A. (2011). Dve Palochki: A Non-Japanese Restaurant of Japanese Cuisine: ECCH Case Reference Number 309-261-1. Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg State University.
  • Coyle, W.H., Zhiglinskaya, N. (2006). Lenta of Saint Petersburg Russia. Harvard Business School Publishing and ECCH.

Book Chapters

  • Shirokova, G., Coyle, W.H., Shatalov, A. (2013). Growth Factors of Russian Entrepreneurial Firms: The Process of Internationalization in Emerging SMEs and Emerging Economies. Page: 189-214. Edward Elgar.
  • Coyle, W.H. (2005). Entrepreneurship Thrive in Russia: Market Democracy in Post-Communist Russia. Wisdom House.


  • Teaching Auditing in the US and Russia Simultaneously through Telepresence Technology Coyle, W. GSOM Emerging Markets Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia (2019)
  • The Cash Flow Statement at Thirty: An Exploration of Presentation Choices Muehlmann, B. Coyle, W. Annual Meeting, San Francisco (2019)
  • Teaching Auditing in the US and Russia Simultaneously through Telepresence Technology Coyle, W. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California (2017)
  • Teaching Auditing in the US and Russia Simultaneously Through Tele-Presence Technology Coyle, W. 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. 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. 4th Don Venture Fair, Rostov-on–Don, Russia (2013)
  • The Role and the Place of Present Day Universities in Innovative Development Transfer Coyle, W. 13th Russian Venture Capital Fair, Irkutsk Russia (2012)
  • Universities as a Territory for Preparing Young Innovative and Creative Entrepreneurs Coyle, W. 13th Russian Venture Capital Fair, Irkutsk Russia (2012)
  • IFRS: What You Need to Know Coyle, W. Boston Breakfast Roundtable compliance, Boston, MA (2010)
  • US-Russia Technology Conference Coyle, W. Wrap Up: Moving Forward; , Boston, MA (2009)
  • Babson College Master Class for Young Entrepreneurs Coyle, W. 10th Russian Venture Fair, Moscow, Russia (2009)
  • GEM Report Results for Russia Coyle, W. , St. Petersburg, Russia (2008)
  • Coyle, W. Russian-Finnish Research Conference, Lappeenranta, Finland (2008)
  • Institutional Investors: Will They Exist in Russia Coyle, W. 9th Russian Venture Fair, St. Petersburg, Russia (2008)
  • Master Class for Innovation Companies: The Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship Coyle, W. 9th Russian Venture Fair, St. Petersburg, Russia (2008)
  • Modern Trends for Training Manpower for the Innovation Economy Coyle, W. 9th Russian Venture Fair, St. Petersburg, Russia (2008)