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Kenneth Accardi

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Ken Accardi is an experience technology entrepreneur. Ken started his career at GE Healthcare where he held leadership roles in the X-Ray, Service, IT and Business Development divisions. After GE, Ken played leadership roles in ViryaNet (IPO and sold to Verisae) and Tele Atlas (sold to Tom Tom for $4B). He is the CEO of Ankota, pioneering the next generation of home care. Ken holds a BS in Engineering from Bucknell, an MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Babson.
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Bojan Amovic

  • Associate Professor of Practice
Mr. Amovic joined Babson College in January of 2017, teaching courses within Technology, Innovation & Operations Management and Mathematics and Science Departments.
At its core, Mr. Amovic's professional background is focused on intersection of innovation, quantitative analysis and operations management. More specifically, it includes a bifurcated approach of almost entirely contrasting aspects of disruptive innovation roles on one hand, and a highly structured and rigid operations management challenges of the same process on the other. Mr. Amovic's diverse background consists of tactical, engineering roles followed by a progressive transition into senior leadership handling strategic challenges of product management or engineering program management in electronic consumables, medical, defense, and telecommunications industries.
A natural interplay of innovation management and strategic consideration related to intellectual property led Mr. Amovic to the pursuit of legal education. It is during his law school career that Mr. Amovic developed a captivating research interest in introduction and implementation of quantitative methods, predictive simulation modeling and decision making in legal, regulatory, or intellectual property management.
Mr. Amovic has also lectured at the Southern New Hampshire University graduate on-campus program, and Boston College undergraduate and graduate courses. In addition to university teaching, Mr. Amovic has an extensive experience of teaching quantitative methods, applied technologies and change management courses and seminars within industry as well.
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Alina Aronova

  • Adjunct Lecturer
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Thomas Davenport

  • Professor
  • President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology
Tom Davenport is the President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, Fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. He teaches analytics/big data in executive programs at Babson, Harvard Business School and School of Public Health, and MIT Sloan School.

Davenport pioneered the concept of “competing on analytics” with his best-selling 2006 Harvard Business Review article and 2007 book. His most recent book is The AI Advantage: How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work. He wrote or edited nineteen other books and over 200 articles for Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, The Financial Times, and many other publications. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. He has been named one of the top 25 consultants by Consulting News, one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry by Ziff-Davis, and one of the world's top fifty business school professors by Fortune magazine.
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Kathleen Dean

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Kathleen “Kathy” Dean

Kathy brings over 30 years of industry experience to the classroom, with the majority of her career focused on the delivery of innovative technology services and products in the financial services and benefits arena. Beginning her career as a software developer, Kathy continually progressed to the executive level, where she led several large global product development organizations.

In her most recent corporate assignment, Kathy led the development of the health care platforms for Fidelity Investments, including the formation of an agile development organization within the long-standing, mature benefits business of Fidelity. This role required deep business acumen, experience with a wide array of technologies, and the ability to form and gel global, high-performing teams. Kathy was instrumental in conceptualizing, championing, and leading the build of this open-source, cloud-native health administration platform. Throughout her career, Kathy has been consistently recognized for exceptional delivery in engineering, software development and high-quality product capabilities.

While leading the execution of this multi-million dollar technology delivery portfolio, Kathy was also chartered with setting the strategic direction of new product offerings, driving the modernization of existing technical ecosystem in alignment with the firm's priorities, and evaluating opportunities for innovation.

Kathy is also an active proponent of diversity in technology programs, mentoring and advocating for diversity of staffing and advancement in technology organizations.

As a global real estate advisor for Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, Kathy also help clients buy and sell real estate, specializing on Cape Cod real estate. In the spring, Kathy will also be an assistant coach for women's lacrosse at Nauset High School in Eastham, MA.

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Kenneth Demma

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Exploring and mining the intersection of Customers, strategy and analytics, Ken Demma has been an innovative and recognized leader working to transform businesses in adopting digital business strategies, improving the Customer Experience, increasing growth, gaining loyalty and improving the effectiveness of marketing activities. He has held executive roles at AWS, SAP, American Express, Fidelity Investments, US West, Affinity Group, iXL and leadership roles in several specialized consulting firms - experiences that bring in-practice application and energy to his courses.

Ken currently teaches MBA and Blended Learning students in both the Marketing and Operations & Information Management divisions - Consumer Behavior, Analytic Managers & Organizations and Competing on Analytics courses. Additionally, he has developed and taught Strategic Marketing Planning, Marketing Analytics and Strategic Customer Management. He has served as advisor on 4 JMCFE projects, leading students in Marketing and Sales strategies for clients in Italy and Switzerland; proudly working with teams that have had a big impact for their clients. Further academically, he has developed courses for Babson Global and other institutions, and was co-sponsor and curriculum contributor to an analytic program for high school seniors in Boston, offered at a local Community College.

Beyond his teaching, Ken has shared his expertise in programs and advisement targeted to entrepreneurs, small businesses and government entities. He has authored numerous articles and often speaks and writes on the topics where there is a focus on Customers or a confluence of marketing art and analytic science, and has been a contributor to related research. His work in analytic innovation has been recognized through receiving a Genius Award at the ANA.

Ken holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a BA in Economics from New York University, a certificate in Leadership in Professional Services Firms from Harvard Business School and a certificate in Direct Marketing from NYU. He has been on the faculty of the International Institute for Analytics, a Jury Member for I-COM, and has been an active member of various professional associations, and is an advisor to numerous small businesses.
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Jennifer Ellis

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Jennifer (Cornelssen) Ellis has twenty five years of experience in operations and IT for technology based companies. Ten years at EMC Corporation in Business Process Development and IT. Ten years in management consulting with Deloitte and Touche and PRTM (Pittiglio, Rabin,Todd & McGrath). Five years in manufacturing supervision and process engineering with General Motors. Her areas of expertise include; New Product Introduction, Software Distribution and Licensing, IT Portfolio Management, Enterprise Application Deployment, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. Professional certifications include Certified Integrated Resource Management (APICS) and Program Management Professional (PMP).​
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Sinan Erzurumlu

  • Professor
  • Faculty Director, Full-Time MBA Programs
Sinan Erzurumlu is Professor of Innovation and Operations Management at Babson College. His primary interests and expertise center around sustainability-driven innovation and systems transformation, focusing on the intricate challenges that arise at the intersection of business, society, and the environment.

Sinan's research spans a range of subjects related to the challenges and opportunities of sustainable business model development and growth including innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and operations management. In particular, he focuses on helping individuals, startups, organizations, and systems engage in the innovation process, especially as they seek to develop and commercialize sustainability-driven innovations. He imparts his knowledge through various courses catering to executives and tailored programs at Babson College. Sinan engages in consulting and collaborations with numerous companies and startups, addressing a wide array of innovation, operations, and sustainable business concerns.

His research has been published in leading journals including Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Production and Operations Management. He has received several awards including Fulbright Scholar (2023), Deans Award for Excellence in Applied Research (2022), Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching (2018), and Kaplan Award for Sustainability in Academics and Research (2016) at Babson College. He has also received Poets & Quants Most Favorite MBA Professor (2021) and the Best 40 B-School Profs Under 40 (2015).

Sinan Erzurumlu is a Visiting Professor at Department of Operations Management, Copenhagen Business School for the Academic Year 2023/2024.
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Sebastian Fixson

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Innovation
  • Marla M. Capozzi MBA '96 Term Chair in Design Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Sebastian Fixson is Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Innovation at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and Professor of Innovation & Design, at Babson College. As Associate Dean, he oversees the management of current graduate programs and is also responsible for the initiation and launch of new initiatives.

Dr. Fixson concentrates his work on helping people and organizations build innovation capabilities. In his research, he investigates how factors such as structure and governance of innovation processes, practices like design thinking, and the use of digital design tools affect the nature and outcome of innovation work.

Dr. Fixson teaches innovation, design, and operations management related courses and executive education programs at Babson College, USA, and Universities and Companies around the World. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Fixson has innovated on new ways of teaching innovation, including programs, spaces, and simulations. From 2014-2017, he served as the founding Faculty Director of Babson's Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership (MSEL) program. He also works with industrial clients and partners in industries ranging from health care, to manufacturing, and to software.

Dr. Fixson's writes for both academic and practitioner audiences, and his work has appeared in books and journals such as Concurrent Engineering, Creativity and Innovation Management, Design Management Review, European Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Informs Transactions on Education, International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, Research-Technology Management, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, as well as online outlets such as Harvard Business Review online. His latest book “The Innovation Navigator,” co-authored with Tucker Marion, provides guidance for executives on how to structure and organize innovation processes (published by University of Toronto Press in November 2018).

Dr. Fixson holds a Diplom-Ingenieur (MSc) degree in mechanical engineering from Technical University Karlsruhe, Germany, and a PhD in Technology, Management, and Policy from MIT.
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Ruth Gilleran

  • Professor of Practice
Ruth Gilleran brings over 20 years of industry experience to the classroom including 16 years in the software and 5 years in the consumer goods industry. Prior to joining Babson College in 2001, Ruth worked for Computer Associates where she was Assistant Vice President of Development for its business application division. While at Computer Associates, Ruth was responsible for the development of mainframe and midrange Business Intelligence, eCommerce, and ERP systems. Ms. Gilleran also worked for Cullinet Software where she was a Software Product Manager responsible for the launch of mainframe financial applications. Prior to entering the software field, Ms. Gilleran worked for the Gillette Company as the North American and Asia Pacific Internal Audit Supervisor. During that time period, she earned her CIA-Certified Internal Auditor certificate.

While at Babson, Ms. Gilleran has been recognized for her contributions to innovative teaching and curriculum development. In 2012,she was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in any program. In addition, she was named as Chair of the Babson Teaching Innovation Fund committee. The committee's mission is to encourage and facilitate the development and publication of new and innovative world class teaching materials by the Babson faculty.

Since joining Babson in 2001, Ms. Gilleran has shown tremendous versatility by teaching in the college's Undergraduate, One Year MBA, Fast Track MBA, Masters of Accounting, and Executive Education programs. Currently, Ms. Gilleran teaches courses in information management studies, general business and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Babson College, she taught accounting courses at Northeastern University and conducted several IT training sessions for middle and senior-level managers.

Within the area of Information Technology Management, Ms. Gilleran's areas of expertise are Social Business, Business Intelligence, Software Project Management, and Systems Design and Implementation. Most recently, she has been involved in delivering virtual seminars on business intelligence, end-to-end computing, social business, and systems for entrepreneurs.
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Wiljeana Glover

  • Associate Professor
  • Stephen C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Foundation Distinguished Professor of Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship
  • Founding Faculty Director, Kerry Murphy Healey Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Professor Glover is a healthcare operations and innovation scholar. Her work takes a systems perspective to examine how improvement and innovation practices can achieve more equitable and effective outcomes in healthcare settings. She conducts research studies in a variety of countries, including the U.S., Mexico, Israel, South Africa, and Haiti, and engages undergraduate, graduate, and executive education students in implementation-focused experiential learning. Her work is featured in leading academic and practitioner outlets including International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, and Health Care Management Review.
As Founding Faculty Director of the KMH Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Babson, Professor Glover developed the Center's strategy and core programs including the Global Health Innovation Lab. She currently co-leads three research teams within the Center and serves as co-PI on Babson's first NIH grant.
Professor Glover received recognition as the 2024 Tumaini Foundation Global Health Educator Award, 2022 Wickham Skinner Teaching Innovation Award from the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), one of Poet & Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Professors in 2020, the Changemaker Award from the Institute of Social Innovation at Babson in 2018, and has won several best paper awards. She also serves at VP of Outreach for the College of Healthcare Operations Management within POMS and on the Research Committee for the Healthcare Management Division at the Academy of Management.
Professor Glover completed her postdoctoral studies at the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), PhD and M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, and B.A. in Mathematics at Albany State University (GA).
Prior to her academic career, she worked as a consultant with Stockamp and Associates, implementing revenue cycle and process improvements in hospital settings. She is also Co-Founder and COO of Match Medical Practice Solutions, a healthcare revenue cycle management firm.
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Steven Gordon

  • Professor
Dr. Gordon's current research interests relate to blockchains and cryptocurrencies, digital platforms, and the role of information systems in supporting social movements. He has been published widely in the academic press and is the co-author of three text books and the editor of three research anthologies. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research, where he was previously Editor-in-Chief. Before arriving at Babson, Dr. Gordon founded and served as president of Beta Principles, Inc., a developer and marketer of accounting software and reseller of computer hardware. He has also consulted to the airline industry at Simat, Helliesen & Eichner, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Richard Goulding

  • Associate Professor of Practice
  • Faculty Director - MSEL
Richard Goulding teaches at Babson College in Technology, Innovation, & Operations Management. He is also Faculty Director of the Master's in Management & Entrepreneurial Leadership program at F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. Richard's professional background spans senior executive positions in Strategy & Development, Operations, and Private Equity Investment in public and privately held firms. He has held key operating and investment responsibilities in: Technology Private Equity Consumer Packaged Goods Advanced Building Systems Food & Agriculture Industrial Chemicals Richard has also advised more than twenty firms ranging from labs & start-ups to large, multi-market enterprises, leveraging particular expertise in new venture & mid-market board governance. Throughout his career, Richard has focused venture investment - and its implications - into critical operating domains and shifting boundaries of the firm. He has leveraged a focused, disruptive equity approach into established industry sectors such as consumer products, natural resources, and agriculture. Richard's research areas of interest include: Managing new venture risk The operating model & network implications of disruptive technology Innovation infrastructure in ancient & modern urban centers Aligning institutional & executive interpretations of venture risk Scaling Lean Ventures & Family Enterprise Richard lives in Scituate, MA with his wife and five children.
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Emily Griffin

  • Assistant Professor
Dr. Emily Griffin is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management in the Operations and Information Management Division at Babson College. She received her Ph.D. in Operations Management in 2022 from The University of Alabama. Her research focuses on inventory and pricing optimization for resale supply chains using operations research and data science methods. She also works with an interdisciplinary team on an NSF funded project to research techniques for disrupting wildlife trafficking supply chains with analytical methods. Dr. Griffin has worked on several applied research projects, including a fulfillment optimization project for an online tire retailer and a seating optimization project for Alabama Athletics. Dr. Griffin previously served as the INFORMS Student Chapter President, Vice-President, and Secretary during her time at The University of Alabama. She has also served as a reviewer for OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science and as an ad-hoc reviewer for European Journal of Operational Research and Computers & Operations Research. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Griffin worked for a textile manufacturer while obtaining her M. S. in Operations Management and B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration from The University of Alabama. She has previously taught courses on Computer Simulation and Introduction to Operations Management and currently teaches Technology and Operations Management.
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P.J. Guinan

  • Associate Professor
Dr. Guinan is an associate professor in both the Operations , Information Management as well as the Management Division at Babson College . She teaches multi-disciplinary courses in information technology, cross-functional teamwork, organization design, and organization change. She teaches an experiential course in Design Thinking and Problem solving with different client focuses.

She is the author of an international award-winning book entitled Patterns of Excellence for IS Professionals: An Analysis of Communication Behavior. Most recently her work was featured in Sloan Management : Making It Easier to Manage and Scale Digital Projects.

Dr. Guinan has received three awards for teaching excellence. Two were from Boston University where she taught prior to joining Babson's faculty. More recently she received the Dean's Award from Babson Executive Education.

Her executive education program includes teaching such clients as: IBM, USAA, Ernst and Young, Sunovion, Citizens, the Boeing Corporation, EMC, Met Life, Houghton Mifflin, State Street Bank, and Petróleos de Venezuela, J and J, and Merck.
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Nada Hashmi

  • Assistant Professor

Nada Hashmi is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at Babson College and a Research Affiliate at MIT. Her research explores the interface between technology and leadership, emphasizing the use of technological tools to enhance collective intelligence, collaboration, and equity in leadership and educational settings. Dr. Hashmi teaches courses in data science and information technology, drawing on her rich background in data analysis and management. Her academic contributions include a patent and several publications in respected journals. Beyond academia, she is actively involved in initiatives aimed at supporting women in technology and healthcare, reflecting her dedication to making a positive impact through her work. She received her PhD from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy as well as the Organizational Studies Group. Her Master degrees are in System Design and Management Department from MIT and Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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Cheryl Heller

  • Adjunct Lecturer
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Clare Huang

  • Associate Professor of Practice
Clare Gillan Huang is an executive adviser and strategist specializing in research, technology, services, and social/media businesses. Her career achievements include building high-performing teams, launching new businesses, driving innovation, and establishing operational models and strategic partnerships that improve profits. While at IDC, a top global technology analyst firm, she led teams supporting and advising executives in the areas of strategy, marketing, sales, product development, IT planning, and operations. She was also responsible for businesses serving the investment community including venture capitalists. Earlier in her career, Ms. Gillan achieved top global industry analyst status, was a popular keynote speaker at global events, and authored/co-authored over one hundred published papers. Her more recent publications focus on sales, marketing, and the customer experience. She also co-produced popular executive forums in the cloud and mobile space. In addition to her consultative experience, Ms. Gillan brings direct experience related to corporate policy development. Her policy work spans partnerships, sales, social media, corporate communications, insider information handling, and more.
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Brad Johnson

  • Assistant Professor of Practice
Brad Johnson joined the faculty as Visiting Lecturer in the fall of 2018. Johnson teaches SME Technology & Operations Management. Prior to joining Babson, Johnson was Vice President at Wayfair, where he developed, launched and managed CastleGate Fulfillment, that provides order fulfillment, inventory storage and management, freight pick-up and container induction services, and guaranteed 2-day and next-day delivery to customers. Johnson also developed and grew channel sales and established Wayfair as the #1 partner or #1 in the home category for sales on,,,, eBay, Best Buy, and Tesco. Additionally, Johnson developed Wayfair Canada strategy, private label credit card, and managed the 2013 acquisition of DwellStudio. Previously, Johnson founded and led operations for Intrepid Learning Solutions where he wrote the business plan, raised $16M funding, and executed the strategy to build a leading training and learning business, becoming #79 on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies. Successful exit as business was sold to Xerox Corporation and VitalSource. Johnson has over 15 years experience and success starting-up companies and managing businesses at EMC, PepsiCo, Polaroid, and KPMG with seven years spent internationally. Johnson is a strategic advisor to, a leader in the online sales and fulfillment of candy/grocery, Sequoyah, a leading Danish company in the gems and precious metals market, and served as a coach at Our Generation Speaks, a fellowship program and incubator that brings together a cohort of young Israeli and Palestinian community leaders who cooperate across ethnic and political lines to build shared prosperity within the region.
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Cheryl Kiser

  • Adjunct Lecturer
  • Executive Director, The Babson Social Innovation Lab
  • Managing Director, The Lewis Institute
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Ken LeBlanc

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Ken is a senior Information Technology executive recognized for program execution and his ability to successfully collaborate with executive stakeholders to deliver impactful business outcomes.

As a four-time Chief Information Officer, Ken combines strategic thinking with a pragmatic approach to solving business problems through the implementation of technology solutions. His experience leading major initiatives across a variety of demanding roles, has given Ken a broad array of leadership, operations, business, and technical skills to support business growth and profitability.

Ken earned his MBA from Babson College, and is a member of the Society for Information Management.
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Zhi Li

  • Assistant Professor of Practice
Dr. Zhi Li joins the Technology, Operation and Information Management Division at Babson College in the fall of 2014 as Assistant Professor of Information Technology Management. Zhi's research and teaching interests are at the intersection of economics and information technology. He uses analytical modeling, econometrics, financial theories and data mining techniques to explore individual and organizational decision-making mechanism in different IT contexts. His doctoral dissertation and continuing research study the economic issues in cloud computing, crowdfunding market and big data. At Babson College, Dr. Li teaches courses including Web Technologies, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics. Prior to Babson, he taught several courses at the University of Florida, including Business System Design and Applications, Business Systems I and II.
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Nina Lynch

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Nina Lynch is a Managing Director at Accenture focused on digital customer experience innovation with 20+ years of experience in the space. She works with C-suite leaders of Global 500 companies to create comprehensive digital strategies and transformation, launch innovative new products and reimagine their customer's experience. Her work largely focuses on developing strategies for and leading large scale digital transformation initiatives. Her industry experience includes Life Sciences, Technology, Media, Communications, Automotive, CPG and Publishing.

Nina holds a B.S., cum laude, from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and a M.B.A. from Babson College.
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Matthew Macarty

  • Assistant Professor of Practice
Over 15 years experience designing and delivering Graduate and Undergraduate courses in Computing Technologies and Decision Sciences. Design of both classroom and online learning curricula. Skilled in working with small teams to design curricula, develop accreditation standards and pursue sponsored research topics.

DoD Sponsored Research includes contributing investigator in both Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grants on topics in machine learning (Natural Language Processing, Object Detection) Co-author of numerous sponsored research proposals, provisional patents and academic publications, most recently appearing in IEEE Conference Papers, and numerous unpublished teaching cases.
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Rubén Mancha

  • Associate Professor
Rubén Mancha is an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Operations and Information Management Division and faculty director of the Digital Transformation Initiative. In 2017, he was a recipient of the Best 40-Under-40 Business School Professors award by Poets and Quants.

Dr. Mancha's research is in the areas of digital transformation and business responsibility. His research has been published in journals such as MIS Quarterly Executive, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Business Strategy, Information Technology & People, Social Responsibility Journal, Michigan Technology Law Review, Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, and Communications of the Association of Information Systems. He has also contributed essays to several edited books, such as Contemporary Perspectives in Data Mining II and Encyclopedia of Research Design.

He teaches technology and information management courses at F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business and executive education courses on digital transformation. He also advises digital startups and companies undergoing a digital transformation.

Before completing his doctoral studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Mancha held consulting and research positions in the food and biotechnology industries in Spain and the U.S.
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Talmai Oliveira

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Talmai Oliveira is an innovator, scientist, teacher, entrepreneur, and systems architect, who has spent over 20 years specializing in data privacy and large-scale distributed systems. Currently a Lead Principal Software Engineer at Akamai, and Adjunct Staff at Babson. Previously Director of Engineering at Super Studios developing new blockchain-enabled games, technologies and NFT trading platforms. Before that, was a tech lead at Akamai building a blockchain payment network capable of 1M tx/s at latencies of less than 2s each.

Expert in wireless networking and fault-tolerant distributed computer systems, including data-driven services and IoT applications. 10+ years experience in software development, architecture, applied research and managing & scaling small to medium start-up teams. Solid track record of execution and strong leadership to deliver high-quality products, harness team strengths and maximize productivity.

Compelling communicator and negotiator with both tech and non-tech audiences. Has led engineering for international research groups and startups. Passionate about IP generation, with multiple patents. Fluent in English and Portuguese. Brazilian and American citizen
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Eric Palson

  • Adjunct Lecturer
  • Director, Academic Technologies
Eric currently holds the position as the Director of Academic Technologies at Babson College where he leads a team of instructional designers, instructional technologists, and graphic designers. His responsibilities for the group include strategic thinking and planning around curriculum and faculty research, creating content for blended and online learning, training faculty, coaching, and implementing innovative academic technologies.

In addition to his work as Director of Academic Technologies, Eric is an adjunct instructor at Babson College, where he teaches web and user interface design along with communication and collaboration courses specializing in virtual technologies. Before joining Babson College, he worked for a number of consulting and design firms, including Nextera Enterprises. Eric also co-founded the design firm Drive Thru Designs.

Eric holds a BA in advertising and graphic design from Loyola University in Maryland. He is also a graduate of Babson College where he earned an MBA in the Spring of 2009. His postgraduate studies also include media theory at Emerson College.

Specialties: Web design/development, graphic design, user interface design, online and blended course design, instructional design, design thinking, marketing, branding, video editing, pedagogical analysis, training, management.
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Salvatore Parise

  • Professor
Dr. Parise is a Professor in the Technology, Operations, and Information Management Division at Babson College. He teaches multi-disciplinary courses in information technology as well as an elective course on social technologies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He also teaches executive education courses involving social technolities and knowledge management. Salvatore has worked directly with managers and executives across a wide range of industries including consulting, technology, healthcare, government, consumer products, financial services, and petroleum. He also has several years of work experience as an electrical engineer and research manager at IBM. He received his Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from Boston University.
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Ron Pierantozzi

  • Adjunct Lecturer
An innovative leader with 30+ years experience in the development of new technologies and businesses. Comfortable in either business or technology environments, excelling at the interface. Excellent networking skills, broad technology knowledge, accomplished technology manager, inventor, and business development professional. Educator with over 10 years experience in both MBA and Custom Executive Education classes.
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Jay Rao

  • Professor
Dr. Rao teaches extensively in the Babson Executive Education programs. His executive teaching and consulting is in the areas of innovation, implementation of innovation initiatives within firms, corporate entrepreneurship and customer experience innovation. Dr. Rao also teaches 2 elective courses in the Babson MBA programs – (1) Leading Innovation: Gorillas, Chimps & Monkeys and (2) #CX #UX #DX Innovation. His research has appeared in The Sloan Management Review, Journal of Innovative Management, The European Business Review, The European Financial Review, Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly and others. He is the author of the book “The Discipline and Culture of Innovation.” He has written several business cases on a range of topics: Innovation Strategy, Innovation Culture, Leading Innovation, Customer Service, and Strategy Execution. Through Babson Executive Education he has taught for BBVA, Assa Abloy Americas, Novartis, Fresinius Medical Care, Pernod Ricard USA, Covidien, BAE Systems, U.S. Navy, SABIC, Citizens Bank, Merck, Masco Corp., Scottish Enterprise, Innovation Norway, North Atlantic Capital, EMC, GlaxoSmithKline, and others. He has also taught executives and/or consulted for Reed Elsevier, PWC (Spain), Bayer Material Science (Germany), Iberdrola (Spain), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), PRIME Business School (Colombia), Banco Occidente (Colombia), Chilectra (Chile), Agricola Garces (Chile), Groupo Security (Chile), Entel (Chile), Coagra (Chile), Inter-American Development Bank, Benchmark Assisted Living (Boston), EMDSerono, FORUM (Colombia), FitLinxx, Penteo (Spain), BFA Conseil (France), Novartis, Lojack, Fidelity Investments, Merrill Lynch, Boston Scientific Corporation and others. He was a member of the Innovation Advisory Board at Ocean Spray (USA) from 2010 to 2015. He was on the Innovation Advisory Board of Bancolombia (Colombia) from 2015 to 2018, and on the Flavor Advisory Board of Firmenich (Switzerland) from 2015 to 2018. He also has a family-business background and sits on the board of Hymamshu (Bangalore, India).
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Daniel Rice

  • Associate Professor of Practice
I am a business innovator and experienced educator with decades of hands-on business leadership, academic, and program director experience. As faculty at Loyola University and full-time lecturer at other universities, I have taught undergraduate, masters, and professional program students developing their knowledge, insight, and ability to impact business in finance, operations, and information technologies. As the director of Graduate Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensborough, I led the restructuring and development of a new Mater of Science curriculum and professional programs in operations research, information technology, and cyber security, designing and implementing traditional and online courses and successfully presenting the curriculum for approval by graduate school council leading to full implementation in the business school curriculum. In my other professional careers, I have led cross-functional professional teams on research, engineering, information systems, software development and quantitative analysis; having successfully delivered results on projects totally over $28 million. I have significant experience capturing and delivering on government grants and contracts, have led projects as program manager (PM), principal investigator (PI), and integrated product team (IPT) lead on multiple programs including multiple DoD SBIR programs totally over $6 million in awards and $1.3 million non-SBIR funding as PI.
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Ramon Salinas

  • Adjunct Lecturer
As an innovation consultant Ramon has worked with companies from more than 20 industries -including Goodyear, ExxonMobil, Abbott, and Converse- helping them identify and shape new growth opportunities. Currently, he is a Senior Business Strategist at Continuum, the global design and innovation firm, leveraging Design Thinking to develop human-centered solutions and to bring more consumer focus approaches to organizations. Over the years he has taught several innovation and entrepreneurship courses, and has served as a mentor to numerous startups. Ramon holds a Master's in Humanities from UDD and an MBA from Babson College, where he teaches the Innovation Processes course.
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Mary Ann Sanchez

  • Adjunct Lecturer
A forward-thinking professional with over 15 years of invaluable knowledge of managing projects, streamlining processes, and forging strong customer relationships. Takes a consultative approach with initiatives involving logistics, procurement, and supply chain. Boasting a consistent and proven track record of successfully employing best business practices that improve processes and lower total cost of ownership. Committed to identifying and implementing continuous improvements in the supply chain.
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David Sands

  • Adjunct Lecturer
  • Director Program Operations, Bertarelli Institute for Family Entrepreneurship
Serving 20 years as Executive Vice President and Principal to one of the nation's largest financial services Business Process Outsourcing firms (family-owned 750+ employee organization servicing Fortune 100 clients), David's career in industry has focused on instituting quality management/mistake-proofing controls often utilized in manufacturing, within service-based operational environments. This has included development of an ISO 9001 quality management system and registration, as well as establishing audit-proof controls and procedures to comply with stringent regulatory and data security compliance audits.

As a former financial services industry spokesperson, David has performed extensive lobbying efforts at both the local and national levels. This included visits with Representatives of US Congress, Massachusetts and Connecticut Divisions of Banks, Massachusetts Legislature, and Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

David is the Director Program Operations for Babson's Bertarelli Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, helping to oversee and direct program delivery and the daily operations of the Institute. He also serves as Chair of the Operations & Information Management Advisory Board for the Isenberg School of Management - UMass Amherst and has taught "Operations Management" and "Project Management" to undergraduate and graduate students at UMass Amherst and Northeastern University.
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James Savarese

  • Adjunct Lecturer
James Savarese joined the faculty in 2020 as an Adjunct Professor and currently teaches SME Technology and Operations Management. Prior to joining Babson, James spent 12 years as the Chief Operating Officer at Wayfair, a global home furnishings company based in Boston. James helped grow Wayfair from a start-up into a Fortune 500 company on a global scale with over 15K employees and $10B in revenue. During this period as COO, James had executive oversight for a wide-range of functions globally: Supply Chain and Global Operations, Sales and Customer Care, the B2B business, the CastleGate fulfillment business, product management, data analytics, product merchandising and all offshore operations. Prior to Wayfair, James was a senior executive of a supply chain services and software company, which he co-founded, grew and successfully sold over a seven year run. James is also an investor and Board advisor to several early stage companies around the country. James has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from University of Chicago. James lives in Wellesley with his wife and two daughters.
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Victor Seidel

  • Professor
  • Metropoulos Term Chair in Innovation Management
See above CV link for current c.v.

Victor Seidel researches topics in technology and innovation management, with an emphasis on the evolving nature of the design process. He focuses on how managers, from those running start-ups to those in large R&D organizations, can best navigate from initial concept to final innovation. Increasingly, his work investigates how design teams use online communities as sources of continuous innovation.

He completed his undergraduate engineering degree at Cornell, an MBA at Cambridge and Ph.D. at Stanford. Prior to academia, he spent ten years with IBM Microelectronics where he developed several patented semiconductor device innovations, managed the business planning department for a billion-dollar division within IBM, and expanded the product marketing organization in Europe.

A dual British-American citizen, he was a founding academic director of the entrepreneurship and innovation center at Oxford's Said Business School, where he continues to serve as a visiting scholar. In addition to his position at Babson, he is a TECH Innovation Associate of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His areas of teaching include Technology and Innovation Management and Product Design and Development.
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Ganesan Shankaranarayanan

  • Professor
  • Faculty Director of the Honors Program
G. Shankaranarayanan (Shankar) obtained his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from The University of Arizona, Eller School of Management. His research interests cover three primary areas: (1) Modeling and managing data and metadata in information systems, (2) Managing data quality for decision support, and (3) economic perspectives in data management. His research has appeared in journals including Journal of Data Management, Decision Support Systems, Communications of the ACM, Communications of the AIS, Journal of Information Technology Management, Journal of Computer Information Systems, International Journal of Information Quality, and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. His research has won the best paper awards at the International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ) and at the Workshop of Information Technology and Systems (WITS). He serves as the Area Editor of the International Journal of Information Quality and as an Associate Editor of the ACM Journal for Data and Information Quality. Shankar has taught several courses ranging from introductory courses in information systems to advanced courses in data management and systems design. He received the Computer World Laureate honor from the Computer World Honors Program in 2008.
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Donna Stoddard

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean of Faculty
  • Division Chair
Donna Stoddard is Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor and Chair of the Operations and Information Management (OIM) Division at Babson College. Dr. Stoddard teaches undergraduate, graduate, and executive education courses related to management information systems and business strategy. Before joining the Babson faculty, Dr. Stoddard was on the faculty at Harvard Business School where she taught in the MBA and executive education programs. She is a graduate of Creighton University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Harvard Business School where she received her BS, MBA and DBA, respectively.

Dr. Stoddard has explored how small and large companies leverage enterprise systems to improve communication and collaboration. She completed a study which documented the "State of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) in Massachusetts". In addition, she is conducting research related to digital government, electronic commerce, managing the IT infrastructure and IT business innovation. Dr. Stoddard has written a number of cases and articles on reengineering and the impact of information technology on the structure and strategy of the firm. Dr. Stoddard's articles have been published in such journals as Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, MIS Quarterly and Journal of MIS.

Before entering the doctoral program at the Harvard Business School, Dr. Stoddard spent several years in various marketing positions at IBM where she worked with large financial services and manufacturing companies, and she was on the audit staff at KPMG Peat Marwick Mitchell. Dr. Stoddard has served as a keynote speaker at management and senior executive conferences sponsored by KPMG Peat Marwick, Ernst & Young, The Travelers, MIT, Boston University, State Street Boston Corporation, Johnson and Johnson, and SIEMENS Rolm Communications.

Dr. Stoddard is currently on the Board of Directors for The Metro Group and previously served on the Technology Advisory Board for Benchmark Senior Living. She has extensive experience on non-profit boards. She served on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for Carroll School, Noble and Greenough School and The Meadowbrook School of Weston. She also served on the Board of Boys and Girls Club of Boston.
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