ENTREPRENEURSHIP DIVISION FACULTY PROFILES
- Associate Professor
Matt R. Allen is an Associate Professor in the Entrepreneurship Division, Faculty Director for the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, and Academic Director for the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project. His expertise is in the effective management of human capital within entrepreneurial environments, especially family enterprises. He teaches entrepreneurship and family entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, Professor Allen has been involved in executive education programs across the world with a special interest in Latin America. In addition to programs in the U.S., he has worked with executive students from Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.
His research interests focus on the performance implications of leadership and effective management in entrepreneurial organizations. His research has appeared in publications such as; Personnel Psychology, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Strategic Organization.
In addition to working with his father (Ray H. Allen & Associates) as an accountant and consultant to family businesses and other privately held organizations, he has held positions in corporate finance at IBM and Hewlett Packard.
He earned his B.A. from the University of Utah, M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D. from Cornell University.
- Assistant Professor
Lakshmi Balachandra is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. her research examines the impact of trust, gender and other entrepreneurial characteristics in acquiring early-stage funding. She has been a Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government focusing on the impact of gender biases on women entrepreneurs. She was awarded fellowships for her research on VC decision-making from the Kauffman Foundation and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
She was a co-author of the Diana Report, 2014, the 1st comprehensive analysis of venture capital investments in women entrepreneurs since 1999. Her research has been published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, The Journal of Business Ethics, and Negotiation Journal, and her work has received a wide range of press including the AP, USA Today, Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, the Financial Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and Reuters.
Dr. Balachandra has taught courses and international programs to students and executives on entrepreneurship, negotiation, improvisation, and leadership. She consults to a wide range of companies and organizations including the Angel Capital Association, Novartis, Shell and the CIA, and frequently guest lectures in several courses at the Harvard Business School. She taught a course she designed on improvisation and leadership at the MIT Sloan School of Management for 10 years.
In her professional career, she has been intimately acquainted in multiple aspects of entrepreneurship. She has been an entrepreneur – she opened and operated a retail specialty toy store in California upon graduating from college. And she has worked in entrepreneurial finance as she spent seven years in venture capital and in mergers and acquisitions investment banking with firms in Boston, Massachusetts and San Diego, California.
While working for the largest women-owned, women-focused venture capital firm in the country, she founded the Women’s Venture Capital Network, the first network of its kind in the country where she organized, created and managed numerous networking events and educational panels for women professionals in the industry. During (and in-between) her professional career in finance and entrepreneurship, Dr. Balachandra has also been a professional stand-up comedian and improvisational comedian performing in comedy clubs across the country.
Prior to joining Babson College, Dr. Balachandra was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Extension School. She has also taught at Boston College and UCSD Rady’s School of Management.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Craig Benson served as governor of the State of New Hampshire from 2002 to 2005. As a founder of Collingsworth Company, Mr. Benson is currently reviewing strategic investments and potential turnaround targets. Mr. Benson co-founded Cabletron Systems in 1983 and served as president and CEO, growing annual revenue to $1.6 billion. He was inducted into the Babson College Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs in 1995 and formerly served on the ITSD Advisory Board. He has launched the "NH Advantage Foundation," a charitable organization with a mission to develop and promote free enterprise-based programs that enhance the business and educational climates of New Hampshire.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Boulnois is Executive Chairman of Microline Surgical, Inc., a medical device company where he was the President and Chief Executive Officer for 10 years until 2013. Microline is a worldwide leader in reposable electro-surgical instruments.
From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Boulnois was Executive Director at Arrow International where, as part of the Global Business Development Group in charge of mergers and acquisitions, he lead the technology and market assessment team.
From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Boulnois was co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sometec, an innovative international medical device company in the area of non-invasive monitoring. From 1988 until 1994, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Technomed International Inc., a medical company specializing in non-invasive technologies for urology. For the 9 previous years, he held various positions at Quantel SA, a French company where he developed scientific and medical lasers first as staff scientist and later as Vice-President of Engineering; he also was a Director of Quantel International, the California parent company.
Dr. Boulois currently serves as Director of a public company listed on the Euronext, and a Boston-based venture capital financed, private medical device firm.
Dr. Boulnois is co-author of 5 books and more than 35 peer-reviewed scientific articles in applied physics and biophysics. In 1976, he was Lecturer in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Princeton University, and subsequently was Visiting Professor for 6 years at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Mécanique at Paris University. Dr. Boulnois has been an invited speaker on Entrepreneurship at Groupe Vivendi, France-Telecom, and Sodexho.
Dr. Boulnois is a bi-national French and American, and has lived for 30 year in the United States.
- F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship
- Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership
Prof. Brush is one of the early pioneers in entrepreneurship research, and conducted one of the first and largest studies in the US. She has co-authored reports for OECD, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and presented her work at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the US Department of Commerce. Professor Brush has authored more than 160 publications in entrepreneurship, including 13 books, and is one of the most highly cited researchers in the field. Her current research investigates angel capital funding of nascent ventures and venture capital funding of women entrepreneurs.
For 10 years, she served as Department Chair of Entrepreneurship and for the past 4 years, Vice Provost at Babson College, the number 1 ranked school in entrepreneurship for the past 20 years. She co-authored a top book for educators on teaching entrepreneurship, Teaching Entrepreneurship, a Practice Based Approach, which broke all sales records for the publisher. She is a co-founder of the Diana International Project, a research collaboration of more than 600 researchers, which investigates growth-oriented women entrepreneurs around the world. She was recognized in 2007 by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers as a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Scholar, and in 2015 was awarded a lifetime membership for her contributions to the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Consortium. She was named as a Longnecker Fellow in 2017, in 2018 was awarded the Max Wortman Lifetime Achievement Award for the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and the Wilfred White Lifetime Achievement award for the International Conference on Small Business. Her work is published in a variety of top journals; Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Learning and Education and others. She is a Senior Editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and serves on four other editorial review boards
Professor Brush’s research is often featured in popular media including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week on Line, the Boston Globe and Inc. Her most recent investigation of women entrepreneurs, the Diana Project Report, Closing the Gender Gap in Venture Capital, received a billion media imprints. She is on the board of directors for Anchor Capital Advisors, LLC, Solo Coco (Dominican Republic), is a member of the Boston Harbor Angels investment group, and participates in Portfolia, an investment fund supporting high growth women entrepreneurs. She has coached and advised hundreds start-up ventures. Professor Brush holds a doctorate from Boston University, and an honorary PhD from Jonkoping University. Professor Brush is a visiting professor at Bodo Graduate School, Nord University in Bodo, Norway and at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.
- Senior Lecturer
- Faculty Co-Director Experiential Learning
Dennis J. Ceru, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor at Babson College, where he teaches MBA courses in entrepreneurship, management consulting and business strategy. He is the Faculty Co-Director of Experiential Learning, and he has created new course offerings, including Developing Entrepreneurial Opportunities, the Management Consulting Field Experience course, Strategy & Entrepreneurship (On-line course), Strategic Consulting, numerous Executive Education Programs, as well as authored business cases and articles.
Dennis has extensive experience as an Entrepreneur and Senior Executive delivering successful business and technology solutions through leadership and management positions in the high-tech, financial services, and healthcare fields. He is a recognized speaker and author on key topics on business growth strategy for small and medium business as corporate innovation and has been quoted extensively online and in print periodicals.
He is the founder and principal of Strategic Management Associates, LLC, a company dedicated to providing business leaders with the tools necessary to expand and manage growth. His areas of expertise center on providing Trusted Advisory Services to business owner managers; facilitating Strategic Advisory Groups for executives of growth-oriented companies; and designing Tactical Action Plans to align tactics with company strategy and create metric driven dashboards. In partnership with The SBANE Educational Center he created and runs The CEOs Group, an innovative executive leadership program for growing entrepreneurial companies.
Previously, Dennis was a Director at TowerGroup where he created a strategic advisory service to the securities industry and a wealth management consulting practice for financial services institutions and technology vendors. Prior he was the President and Executive Director of Windsor Systems, a consulting and software development company that delivered custom solutions to financial services, manufacturing and technology clients. Dennis was Vice President of Product Development at First Interstate Bank, Ltd., where he lead a team creating electronic corporate cash management services for this super regional financial institution spanning 27 banks in 14 states.
Earlier in his career, Dennis was Department Director for HealthWest Corporation, providing ancillary health service programs throughout a multiple-hospital network and the managing partner of an organizational consulting and psychology practice.
He was an Adjunct Professor at Boston University, and before that an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California and a Lecturer at California State University.
Dennis earned a Ph.D. in psychology and education from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in psychology and biology from Boston University
- Senior Lecturer
Professor Charm has been a partner in the firm of Youngman & Charm since 1972.(now Leslie Charm & Assoc.) The firm specializes in directorship functions for firms owned and operated by entrepreneurs and in assisting companies that are experiencing operating and/or financial problems. Youngman & Charm has operated in a variety of industries, channels of distribution, and has been involved in many successful financings and acquisitions and mergers.
From 1977 through 1990, Professor Charm was chairman and president of a major distributor and specialty retail chain. He has been active in other specialty marketing companies, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Franchise Association. He was a director of the National Association of Corporate Directors-New England. He currently is on the board of several firms where he generally sits as the lead director.
Professor Charm has taught and continues to teach throughout the world on a variety of topics regarding entrepreneurship and governance. He is on the President's Council at Babson, and is the recipient of the Appel Award for Entrepreneurship.
- Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
- Division Chair
Andrew Corbett is the Paul T. Babson Chair of Entrepreneurship and serves as Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division. He is an editor for the Journal of Business Venturing, and co-editor of the Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence, and Growth book series. Professor Corbett also holds an appointment as a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Nord University Business School in Bodø, Norway.
A recent research study named Professor Corbett as one of the Top 25 Entrepreneurship Researcher in the World. This independent research article published in the Journal of Business Management noted that his work was among the most cited and impactful since the turn of the century. Professor Corbett’s primary areas of emphasis are corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and cognition, and entrepreneurship education. More specifically, his research examines behavioral aspects of the entrepreneurial process and the role of individuals within strategic renewal and innovations efforts within organizations. His research has appeared in scholarly outlets including Harvard Business Review; the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Business Venturing; Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal; Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice; and many others.
In 2017, Entrepreneurship (4th edition, Wiley), a textbook he co-authored with other senior Babson faculty was released. His latest scholarly book, Hybrid Ventures: Perspectives & Approaches to Blended Value Entrepreneurship (Emerald), was also published in late 2017. Professor Corbett is also the co-author of Beyond the Champion: Institutionalizing Innovation Innovation Through People (Stanford University Press) which examines how large organizations need to design roles and careers for their people in order to achieve optimal innovation performance.
As an educator Professor Corbett primarily focuses on graduate courses but he has taught across the entire curriculum. In addition to teaching feasibility, business planning, and marketing for entrepreneurs, his extensive, practical experience finds him consulting and teaching to corporate clients across the globe. Professor Corbett has been recognized for his excellence in teaching on both the undergraduate and graduate level on numerous occasions. Nationally, he has also been awarded the McGraw-Hill Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award by the Academy of Management. He has also received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in executive education.
Professor Corbett serves the Babson community in numerous ways but most notably in Babson accelerator the Butler Launchpad, where he assists with strategic direction and the mentoring of young entrepreneurs. Within the larger academic community, he has led or been a member of over a dozen committees or task forces for the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management most recently serving as the co-chair of the Doctoral Consortium. He is also a Trustee of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.
Before coming to Babson, Professor Corbett was MBA Director, Associate Professor, and Faculty Director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship at the Lally School of Management & Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has also taught at the University of Colorado and Bentley University. Prior to working in academia he spent over a decade in marketing, sales, and strategic management positions within the media and publishing industries.
- Assistant Professor
Eliana Crosina joins Babson as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master in Business Administration from Babson College, as well as a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from Boston College. Prior to academia, she worked in the for-profit sector as an investment banker, as well as in the not-for profit sector, managing international development projects.
Crosina’s research interests lie at the intersection of identity, entrepreneurial behavior, and cognition. She tackles these issues through largely qualitative methods in two main research streams: (1) examining novel processes of identity; and (2) exploring organizing dynamics in nascent entrepreneurial contexts. Her recent research includes a study of former Lehman Brothers’ bankers career experiences after the demise of Lehman Brothers; an ethnography of first time founders in the process of launching their ventures from the same coworking facility; and a longitudinal field study examining the development trajectories of nascent entrepreneurial firms.
Her work has appeared in outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, and Harvard Business Review. In 2016 her dissertation research was awarded a fellowship from the Kauffman Foundation.
- Senior Lecturer
- Faculty Advisor, John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program
Dr. Daniels’ research covers Future Trends and Entrepreneurial Strategy. She has worked on the development of global business and technology strategies for numerous startups and the following larger corporations: IBM, Apple, the Economist, Financial Times, Ford of Europe, Boots Pharmaceutical, Shell Oil, GlaxoSmithKline, Chartham Paper Mills, New York Life, Bank of Ireland, Aetna, Marks & Spencer, Media Companies, and other leading corporations. She has facilitated multi-client studies for The Economist Group on the future of business.
Dr. Daniels has written for the Economist, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Financial Times, and has published several books on Globalization and Information Technology with McGraw-Hill and the Pearson Group (Addison-Wesley).
Dr. Daniels has been awarded the International Association of Management Consulting Firms Award for Literary Excellence. Caroline has been a speaker on topics including: Globalization, Transforming Business with Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship. She is currently conducting research on entrepreneurial strategy, the scalability of new ventures, and the coordination of executive decision-making in growing, global corporations.
Dr. Daniels has founded companies in the following areas: property development, publishing, and consulting. She is the recipient of the 2013 Deans' Award for Excellence in Teaching across all programs (undergraduate, graduate, and executive education).
- Senior Lecturer
- Co-Faculty Director, BEE Women for Africa Launch & Grow program
Ms. Gale is an entrepreneur, business leader, and consultant with over 20 years of strategic, marketing, and operations experience across a broad range of industries including software-based services, diagnostics, telecommunications, surface preparation, consumer electronics, consumer packaged goods and education.
Ms. Gale has been involved in eight start-ups as an investor, director, and/or senior executive. Most recently, she served as CEO of a start-up software services business, Pet Health Network, Inc. She was also a senior marketing executive at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. during a period of early growth through IPO. She began her career in product management at General Foods. Her consulting experience includes Booz, Allen; Marketing Corporation of America (boutique consulting firm in Westport, Connecticut); and her own assignments.
She currently serves on the boards of Sponge-Jet, Inc., Portsmouth, NH (advanced, recyclable, industrial surface preparation technology); and Gould Academy, Bethel, Maine
William B Gartner
- Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship
William B. Gartner is the Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship. His research and teaching focuses on the characteristics, skills and practices of successful entrepreneurial families. He has served in various academic positions as the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, the University of Southern California, Clemson University, San Francisco State University, ESSEC in Paris, Copenhagen Business School and he is also a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Linnaeus University in Vaxjo, Sweden. He is the 2005 winner of the Swedish Entrepreneurship Foundation International Award for outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship and small business research. His book: Entrepreneurship as Organizing: Selected Papers of William B. Gartner was recently published in a paperback edition by Edward Elgar.
- Associate Professor
Bradley George is an Associate Professor and the former holder of the John A. Hornaday Term Chair in Entrepreneurship. Professor George has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from Indiana University, an MBA from the University of Northern Iowa, and a B.S and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Louisville. His research focuses primarily on the areas of strategic decision making processes, sustainability and research methodology. His research has appeared in the Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Frontiers in Entrepreneurship Research, and Venture Capital: An International Journal of Finance. He was awarded the Stevens Institute of Technology Wesley J. Howe Award for the best paper on the topic of Corporate Entrepreneurship at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference in 2008. His work also appears in the books Life Cycles of New Ventures: A Cross-National Investigation, Teaching Entrepreneurship, Evolving Entrepreneurial Education and the textbook Entrepreneurship by Bygraves & Zacharakis. He has also published four teaching cases in entrepreneurship. His areas of interest and expertise include strategic decision making, the role of governance structure in corporate innovation, sustainability and research methodology.
Professor George teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship as well as special courses in environmental and sustainable entrepreneurship. Professor George has also previously taught courses in strategic management and leadership, organizational theory and change, business statistics and calculus at the University of Louisville, University of Northern Iowa, and Indiana University.
Prior to joining Babson College, Professor George spent 15 years in the diesel engine industry in a variety of positions in training, technical sales and service support, design, manufacturing, marketing, strategic planning and business process reengineering. Most of his career was focused on international markets and he worked in over 30 countries during this time. He was the Marketing Manager for Advanced Engine Programs at John Deere working on the launch of a $200M new product line before deciding to pursue his PhD.
In addition to his corporate experience, Professor George and his wife are the founders and owners of Attitudes Dance & Fitness and he has advised a number of small and start-up businesses ranging from small family businesses to VC-backed firms. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.
- Adjunct Lecturer
At Babson, Mr. Giler teaches ‘M&A for Entrepreneurs’, a middle-market M&A course.
Mr. Giler is currently Chairman and CEO of Speedy Packets in Boston, Massachusetts. Speedy Packets dramatically improves the efficiency and performance of TCP, the primary protocol for moving content around the Internet – while maintaining end-to-end reliability and fair access. He was previously CEO of WiTricity Corporation from August 2008 to April 2014. WiTricity Corporation was founded in 2007 to commercialize a new technology for wireless electricity invented and patented two years earlier by a team of physicists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Previously, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Groove Mobile, a provider of mobile music commerce platforms, from April 2006 until its acquisition by LiveWire Mobile in March 2008. Eric was the founder and served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Brooktrout Inc., a provider of telecom software and hardware platforms, from 1984 until its acquisition by EAS Group, Inc. in October 2005. Under Eric’s leadership, Brooktrout grew to over $150M in annual revenue, and had a successful IPO in 1992. Eric is a trustee of Carnegie-Mellon University, a corporation member of Partners Healthcare, and serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Berklee College of Music. He is the author of over 25 patents. Eric holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Author, consultant, coach, and educator, Beth has spent the last 25 years helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. Through her work as President of Marketing Edge Consulting Group, she shows business owners how to apply customer knowledge to create targeted sales and marketing programs that drive revenue while increasing profitability and customer loyalty. Beth is the author of two books on business growth, The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Toolkit (McGraw-Hill) and Lucky By Design.
Prior to joining Babson, Beth spent 13+ years at the Boston University School of Management where she taught entrepreneurial sales & marketing courses, ran their New Venture Competition and served as the Faculty Director for the university’s nationally ranked Online Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship Program.
Beth conducts business growth workshops throughout the U.S. for organizations ranging from publicly-funded groups like the MA Supplier Diversity Office to Fortune 500 companies like Carrier Corporation and Fidelity Investments. She served as the lead instructor for Interise’s nationwide training program, run in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Association's Emerging Leaders (e200) Initiative. This program provides training to executives of established businesses throughout the U.S. looking to strengthen and grow their existing businesses. Beth was instrumental in developing the 9-month curriculum and taught the business accelerator program in Massachusetts for several years.
Beth brings extensive practical work experience in marketing and sales to her teaching and her practice at Marketing Edge. She holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA in economics and sociology from Brandeis University.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Timothy Habbershon is adjunct professor in family enterprising within the entrepreneurship division of Babson College.
He is a Managing Director at Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. Dr. Habbershon reports to the Chairman's Office and is involved in matters of organizational design and development, and succession planning for the company. He is also a coach to senior executives and teams.
Prior to joining Fidelity in 2006, Dr. Habbershon was the founding director of the Institute for Family Enterprising at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and assistant professor of Entrepreneurship, holding the President's Term Chair in Family Enterprising. While at Babson, he developed an emphasis on family-based entrepreneurship called Transgenerational Entrepreneurship. Additionally, Dr. Habbershon was a founding partner in The TELOS Group, a consulting firm that specializes in transition and strategy consultations to large family firms worldwide.
Dr. Habbershon is also the founding director of family business programs in the Snider Entrepreneurship Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in the Freeman Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship in the School of Business at the University of South Dakota. He has conducted Executive Education programs to family ownership and management teams on entrepreneurial strategy and relationship issues through universities worldwide.
Dr. Habbershon has written a number of academic articles that have appeared in journals such as The Journal for Business Venturing, the Family Business Review and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. He has a regular column – "Family Business Inc." – in BusinessWeek's Small Biz magazine, and has been cited in The Financial Times, Newsweek, and The New York Times.
Dr. Habbershon received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Grove City College, a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and an MBA and a doctorate degree in adult education from the University of South Dakota.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Since 2004, through his company, Network Blue, Inc. (www.networkblueinc.com), John advises middle market companies in various forms of M&A transactions. From letter of intent to closing, Network Blue employs a multidisciplinary approach to execute every aspect of a transaction and capture maximum value. This include financial advisory, negotiations, due diligence and legal guidance for sellers and purchasers.
From 2003 to January 2005, John served as Vice President of Rehab Medical, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of continuous passive motion (CPM) devices used to rehabilitate joints after surgeries. At Rehab Medical, he helped expand its distribution channel and explored and introduced new product lines to leverage the distribution channel. John led management in its sale of Rehab Medical to Otto Bock Healthcare, L.P. in January 2005.
John subsequently co-founded a durable medical equipment supply company, which provided a web-based, turnkey system, enabling orthopedic and podiatric practices to dispense an array of durable medical equipment directly to patients during office visits. He launched the company, assisted in raising several million dollars, hired key employees and ultimately merged the company with another entity.
John gained substantial experience in the law from 1991-2003, practicing in Boston as an associate and then a partner. John now practices law with Acceleration Law Group (www.accelerationlaw.com). He is a member of Boston Harbor Angels (www.bostonharborangels.com) and an active angel investor. He has invested and taken advisory or board roles in many companies.
As an Adjunct Professor at Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, John teaches Mergers & Acquisitions for Entrepreneurs. John also serves as a mentor in Babson’s Venture Accelerator Program, advising businesses at the “launch and grow stage,” coaching entrepreneurs on go-to-market strategies, operations, sales and fundraising.
John is currently the Chief Strategic Officer and in-house legal counsel for a company located in San Francisco, CA. He is a graduate of Bucknell University (1987) and Boston College Law School (1991).
- Assistant Professor
Alisa comes to academia after more than a decade of finance and entrepreneurship experience. Her goal is to help students, entrepreneurs and their ventures understand who they are and how it impacts their decisions and outcomes so that they can develop into and effectively communicate who they want to be. As such, her research centers on venture identity development, traditional and social media impact, communication and discourse analysis, and legitimacy and financing acquisition.
Her professional career spans private equity investment, hedge fund trading, real estate financing, and business intelligence systems design and product management. Alisa’s entrepreneurial experience ranges from building ventures in the peer-to-peer to business software spaces. As an entrepreneur, Alisa was featured on CNN, TechCrunch, Forbes, etc.
Alisa holds a Ph.D. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University as well as an M.B.A. and B.S.B.A from Babson College.
- Frederic C. Hamilton Professor of Free Enterprise Studies
Donna Kelley is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, and holds the Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise. She is a frequent presenter on the topic of global entrepreneurship for executive, policy and academic audiences around the world. Prof. Kelley is a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA), the oversight board of GEM, and leader of the GEM U.S. team. She has co-authored GEM reports on global entrepreneurship, women’s entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education and training, and entrepreneurship in the U.S., Korea, and Africa.
Prof. Kelley’s research has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Human Resource Management, and others. Her current research interests include examining the impact of policy and other ecosystem conditions on the rate and nature of entrepreneurship in a society.
Besides teaching a variety of entrepreneurship courses at Babson College, Prof. Kelley has taught seminars and courses at top universities in China and Korea, and worked in Bandung, Indonesia as a Fulbright Specialist. She received her Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her early career involved work as a chemist and in entrepreneurship ventures in the health/fitness, computer hardware and education fields.
- Lewis Family Distinguished Professor in Social Innovation
Phillip H. Kim is an internationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship. He studies, teaches, and advises on different aspects of how entrepreneurial ideas become reality. Specifically, his research interests include start-up processes and founding teams, institutions and entrepreneurship, cross-national differences in entrepreneurship (especially in emerging economies), technology entrepreneurship, and innovation narratives. To explore these interests, he has examined data from a variety of contexts including surveys of entrepreneurs in the U.S., Europe, and Asia; census data in Sweden; the early history of radio broadcasting; a respected technology transfer office; and a popular crowd funding platform.
His research has been published in leading entrepreneurship, management, and sociology journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Small Business Economics, and American Behavioral Scientist and featured in the Wall Street Journal. He also serves as a Field Editor (Sociology) for the Journal of Business Venturing and on the editorial board of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. He regularly presents his research at prominent academic conferences worldwide. He has been awarded the Dean of Faculty Empirical Scholarship Award.
Dr. Kim is the Lewis Family Distinguished Professor of Social Innovation at Babson College. Previously, he was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BS (Economics) and BAS (Materials Sciences) at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has taught entrepreneurship courses at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels and has significant experience teaching students with business and non-business backgrounds. Dr. Kim has taught both foundational courses and advanced electives in entrepreneurship. He has a special interest in entrepreneurship pedagogy and designs innovative curriculum for his students to enable them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. He received the Dean of Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in Executive Education and an Award of Excellence by the University of Wisconsin Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization in recognition for his educational innovations.
Dr. Kim regularly advises entrepreneurs on issues related to launching and establishing their businesses and coaches student entrepreneurs as they start their businesses. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked as a management consultant advising businesses in the manufacturing, agriculture, professional services, and non-profit sectors. He also worked for a leading regional supermarket as an operations analyst.
- Associate Professor
- Governor Craig R. Benson '77, H'03 Professor of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Dr. Lange is the Governor Craig R. Benson Professor Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. He is also founder and principal of Chatham Associates, a management consulting firm that assists businesses in building competitive advantage. He is the Leader of the U.S. GEM Team and co-author of the GEM U.S. 2017 Report. He was president and CEO of Software Arts, Inc., creators of the first electronic spreadsheet (VisiCalc), and was a founding trustee of the Massachusetts Software Council. He has taught in numerous executive education programs and has served as assistant professor of finance at Harvard Business School.
Dr. Lange has been a management consultant to start-up, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies, and has developed and implemented training programs for companies in computer hardware and software, financial services, and health care industries. His research is concerned with the financing of high growth entrepreneurial ventures and the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurial firms presented by the Internet. He is the author of “Entrepreneurs and the Internet” in The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship, and coauthor of the prize-winning paper “Pricing High Growth Firms: Arbitrage Opportunities in the Inc. 100” and the book The Construction Industry: Balance Wheel of the Economy.
- Senior Lecturer
Mr. LaPoint has more than 20 years of experience in private equity and venture capital investing. Mr. LaPoint is currently a Partner at ALY Holdings LLC, a private partnership he formed with two colleagues to acquire a small group of companies in New England. Prior to forming ALY Holdings, Mr. LaPoint was a co-founder of Halpern, Denny & Company, a lower middle market buyout firm that invested more than $600MM in the consumer, healthcare services, industrial distribution and media/communications industries. Prior to joining Halpern Denny & Company, Mr. LaPoint was a consultant at Bain & Company, where he led strategy consulting teams in the healthcare, distribution and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining Bain, Mr. LaPoint was an operations manager at Procter & Gamble.
Mr. LaPoint received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. LaPoint is a resident of Wellesley, MA. He is married with three daughters and serves on the boards of Boston College High School and the Catholic School Foundation (Inner City Scholarship Fund).
- Adjunct Lecturer
Ray Marcinowski teaches courses in global management and corporate entrepreneurship in the MBA program at Babson College. Prior to joining the Babson faculty, Ray spent over two decades at Fidelity Investments, gaining deep experience in starting up, building and running major global and offshore business organizations. He has chaired and served as a member of four internal Fidelity boards, served as a member of The Conference Board’s Operations Group, and currently is an advisory board member for a retirement planning company.
At Fidelity, Ray led both start-up and growth-focused organizations in an unusually diverse range of disciplines, including operations, marketing/sales, client service and IT/business processes.
His expertise in international operations strategy was developed in part during three key executive assignments -- in Tokyo, as President, Fidelity Group Pensions Japan; in Bangalore, as President, Fidelity India; and at corporate headquarters, as Group President, Enterprise Operations, where he had overall leadership responsibility for the firm’s global operations.
Over the course of those assignments, Ray was actively engaged in assessing offshore business opportunities; developing start-up and growth strategies; building global and native organizations; successfully navigating foreign financial, government and cultural environments; and establishing country-specific risk management structures. He served as chairman of the Fidelity Global Operations and Transfer Agent boards, and as a member of the Fidelity Business Services India and Fidelity Management & Research India boards.
During his first decade-plus with Fidelity, Ray led a broad array of business units with sales of up to $1 billion in the retail, institutional/corporate, service and independent investment advisor sectors.
Ray began his professional career with Exxon Company USA. He held a number of positions of increasing responsibility encompassing sales, operations management, marketing and strategic planning.
Ray earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in from Union College. He has been a frequent speaker at international and domestic financial services conferences, university business schools and business leadership groups; and is a member of the Boston Committee for Foreign Relations.
- Senior Lecturer
Marram has developed a reputation for outstanding academic and technical accomplishments. A professor at Babson for over 20 years, he regularly lectures on entrepreneurship and issues facing high-growth businesses in both graduate level and executive education programs. Marram was an entrepreneur in the high-technology sector for more than 35 years; he was the founder, president and CEO of Geo-Centers, Inc., a high technology, professional services firm which he sold in 2005. Geo-Centers, Inc. was recognized twice by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing, privately-held companies in the United States.
He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Sherman College, Philadelphia University, and South Cove Medical Center. He serves on the Chancellors Advisory Board has served on the College Advisory Council, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has also served on the Chemistry Advisory Group at Tufts University. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Board of Overseers for Children’s Hospital Boston, and previously served on the Health and Educational Financial Authority (HEFA) of Massachusetts. He also serves on the boards of several privately held companies. In 1999 and 2000, Marram was appointed to the Summer National Defense Science Board.
Marram earned a Ph.D. from Tufts University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was named a Price-Babson College Fellow, received the Edwin M. Appel Prize for Bringing Entrepreneurial Vitality to Academia and was the recipient of the Thomas Kennedy award for teaching excellence in the graduate school at Babson.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Diane Mulcahy is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Entrepreneurship division at Babson College. She created and teaches the MBA class Entrepreneurship and the Gig Economy, which was named by Forbes.com as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Business School Classes in the country. Her forthcoming book on the Gig Economy will be published in late 2016.
Diane is a recipient of Babson's "Women Who Make a Difference" faculty award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the Babson community by women faculty members.
Diane is also a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she manages the Foundation's portfolio of private equity, venture capital and real assets investments, and writes frequently about the venture capital (VC) industry. She is the lead author of "We Have Met the Enemy … and He is Us," a widely read report on the venture capital industry published by the Kauffman Foundation in 2012. Diane has written articles for Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, and the Huffington Post, and been featured in The Economist, The Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, Reuters, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous industry publications. She has been interviewed on NPR and Reuters, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and universities worldwide. Her analyses of the VC industry is part of the curriculum in several MBA programs, including Babson, Case Western, Darden, Kellogg, NYU, and Stanford, as well as Harvard Law School.
Diane is the author of two books on venture capital. Venturing Forward is written for entrepreneurs and is a practical guide to raising early stage capital. Angels and IPOs is a public policy book about the Irish government's financing of the venture capital industry, which she wrote while a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland
Diane was a venture capital investor for nearly a decade. She was Vice President and an officer of American Century Ventures, Inc., a $100 million startup venture fund. Her portfolio companies included Archipelago (merged with NYSE), Euronet (Nasdaq: EEFT), StarMine (acquired by Reuters), Tradepoint (acquired by virt-x), and WR Hambrecht. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners, where she invested in healthcare and education companies including Advantage Schools (acquired by Mosaica), Datamedic (acquired by Infocure), and Vista Hospice (Nasdaq: VSTA).
Diane is a founding member of SheGives, an innovative philanthropic network in Boston. She is also a Harvard i-lab Advisor, a member of the Harvard First Generation Alumni Board, and a mentor for the NYU Family Office Council.
Diane holds M.P.P and A.B. degrees from Harvard University. She is a dual US and EU (Irish) citizen.
- Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurship
- Academic Director Babson Academy
Heidi Neck, Ph.D., is a Babson College Professor and the Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. She teaches entrepreneurship at the MBA and executive levels. Her research interests include entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship inside organizations, and creative thinking. Neck is the lead author of Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach—a book written to help educators teach entrepreneurship in more experiential and engaging ways. Additionally, she has published 40+ book chapters, research monographs, and refereed articles in such journals as Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education. She is on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Learning & Education journal.
Neck is Faculty Director of Babson’s Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE)—programs designed to further develop faculty from around the world in the art and craft of teaching entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurship programs. An award-winning teacher, Neck has been recognized for teaching excellence at Babson for both undergraduate and executive education. She has also been recognized by international organizations, the Academy of Management and the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, for excellence in pedagogy and course design. She passionately works to improve the pedagogy of entrepreneurship education because new venture creation is the economic engine of society. Given the integrated and multidisciplinary nature of entrepreneurship, teaching entrepreneurship requires an entrepreneurial approach. In her own words:
I demand that my students think and act entrepreneurially, which requires creative problem-solving, calculated risk-taking, and improvisation. From a pedagogical perspective, I have to do the same. Teaching entrepreneurship requires continual innovation, fearless experimentation, and structured chaos. There is absolutely nothing more fun to teach than entrepreneurship! Yet I have a significant responsibility. Given the chaotic and nonlinear nature of entrepreneurship I must develop the discovery, thinking, reasoning, and implementation skills of my students so they may lead, manage, and excel in highly uncertain, entrepreneurial environments. I want my students to identify and capture the right opportunity at the right time for the right reason.
Neck is also the Director of the Babson Entrepreneur Experience Lab—a national applied research project, in partnership with the Business Innovation Factory, that seeks to better understand the experience of entrepreneurs of all kinds in order to design and develop better support program for today’s entrepreneur. Research monographs on the experience of startup entrepreneurs and “entrepreneurs inside” (organizations) have been published.
Neck speaks and teaches internationally on cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset and espousing the positive force of entrepreneurship as a societal change agent. She consults and trains organizations of all sizes on building entrepreneurial capacity. She is the co-owner of FlowDog, a canine aquatic fitness and rehabilitation center located just outside of Boston, and VentureBlocks, an emerging company in education technology space. Heidi earned her Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
- Associate Professor
An expert in innovation management and growth strategy, Professor Noyes teaches courses and international programs on entrepreneurial thinking, new venture creation and business innovation. At Babson, he was awarded the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the undergraduate program.
Prior to joining Babson College, Dr. Noyes consulted for companies such as Nokia, BMW, Hewlett-Packard, New Balance, and Motorola to identify and evaluate new growth businesses in diverse areas such as mobile computing, healthcare, consumer products, automotive design, sensing systems, interactive media, and the Internet. Dr. Noyes co-leads and teaches Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship, rated the most innovative undergraduate entrepreneurship course in the United States by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Additionally, he was co-awarded the McGraw-Hill/Academy of Management Innovations in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award for the course Social Entrepreneurship by Design. Dr. Noyes co-founded and is co-director of Affordable Design & Entrepreneurship (ADE), a collaboration between Babson College and Olin College of Engineering which launches social ventures focused on income generation and poverty-alleviation with partners in India, Ghana, Morocco, and Alabama. This innovative educational initiative is supported by Babson's Social Innovation Laboratory (BSIL) and has corporate support from Toyota and Solidworks.
His research, teaching, speaking, and consulting examine entrepreneurial thinking, opportunity recognition, venture creation, entrepreneurial networks, and new industry formation. His research has been published in the Journal of Small Business Management, Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth, the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Frontiers in Entrepreneurship Research, multiple books, and the Harvard Business School case collection. Dr. Noyes has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Business Journal, The Chronicle for Higher Education, and international press.
Gina joined Babson in January 2019 as a Professor of Innovation Management. She conducts research and develops curricula that facilitates learning for graduate students and executives based on her findings on Breakthrough Innovation capabilities in large mature companies.
Before joining Babson Gina spent 29 years at the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she held the roles of Professor of Marketing and Innovation Management, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the MBA program, Director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and Director of the Radical Innovation Research Program. Prior to earning her PhD in Marketing and Corporate Strategy at NYU, she worked as a contract administrator for McDonnell Douglas Corporation and as a research analyst for Monsanto’s Department of Social Responsibility in St. Louis, Missouri.
Professor O’Connor has published papers in leading journals including the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Organization Science, Journal of Marketing and Journal of Business Venturing among others. Five of her papers have received best paper of the year awards in their respective journals. Gina has co-authored three books on breakthrough innovation. The second of those: Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation, was named one of the top three business books of the year by Strategy + Business Magazine. In 2018 she was named a Crawford Fellow by the Product Development and Management Association, one of only six recipients of that award.
Gina’s professional objective is to help large established companies learn how to renew themselves through organic growth via step-out, gamechanging, breakthrough, strategic innovation, which introduces high levels of uncertainty into the innovation process and is typically stamped out in organizations. She is a firm believer that, to be successful, companies must develop an innovation function, complete with its own people, processes, metrics and culture that operates within the company to translate emerging science, technology and business models into whole new platforms of growth that will fuel the company’s future health in spite of itself. She is an active speaker and consultant for a number of US and European companies, and is passionate about developing the next cadre of innovation leaders.
On the personal side, Gina’s permanent home is in Albany NY, where she lives with her husband. Their three children are spread across the country doing their best to make the world a better place. They are all members of the Board of Directors of a larger family owned operating foundation, Fostering Hope, which serves the needs of foster parents.
Gina can be reached at email@example.com.
- Assistant Professor
Dr. Angela Randolph's initial interest in entrepreneurship was inspired by working with entrepreneurs as they developed and grew their businesses. Her areas of expertise and research interests include entrepreneurship, cognition, and poverty. Professor Randolph’s primary area of research focuses on opportunity development – the cognitive and behavioral process by which nascent entrepreneurs identify, evaluate, and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. Her secondary area of research focuses on the effects of individual characteristics and situational context on cognition, particularly as it pertains to perception and information processing. Professor Randolph’s dissertation examined how an individual characteristic, hypomanic personality, interacts with external information to influence nascent entrepreneurs’ cognitions and actions during the opportunity development process.
Professor Randolph has a Ph.D. from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, an MBA from the College of William and Mary, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Prior to entering the Ph.D. Program at Texas Tech University, she enjoyed a diverse career working for private and public companies, including Pepsi Bottling Group and Wachovia Bank. Some of her previous professional experience includes new venture start-ups, consulting social and commercial ventures, consulting large organizations in treasury management practices, evaluating potential business acquisitions, and process improvement.
For the past thirty years, Professor Rice has participated in the development of university-based entrepreneurship ecosystems. At RPI (1988-2001) he served as Director of the Rensselaer Incuba-tor Program and the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship. At Babson College (2001-2010), as Murata Dean of the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business he led the effort to launch the Fast Track MBA Program, a major leap forward in the effectiveness of blended learning education delivery. He was also part of the Babson team that delivered training programs for entrepreneurship educators and program managers in Asia, South America and North America. At WPI (2010-2018), Professor Rice served as the inaugural Dean of the Foisie School of Business and subsequently as the Vice Provost for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In March 2018, he returned to Babson College as Acting Provost. Professor Rice holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
- Adjunct Lecturer
- Faculty Advisor, John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program
Mr. Santinelli is an experienced leader and innovator in creating business strategy, marketing and delivering results. His more than 20 years of business experience covers a broad range of disciplines and responsibilities: including business development, strategic planning, M&A, IPO, private equity financing, customer service, all aspects of marketing and international operations. Mr. Santinelli has served on numerous boards of directors participating in both audit and compensation committees. He has served as an executive and officer of a public company.
Mr. Santinelli is the founder of Dakin Management, a strategy consultancy focusing on small to medium size businesses. He was previously a partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, where he began his investing career in 1998. North Bridge is a leading seed and early stage venture capital firm headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. His investment interests ranged from communications, wireless, software and Internet infrastructure.
Prior to joining North Bridge, he was a senior executive of the Shiva Corporation, a leading provider of Remote Access Networking products. Mr. Santinelli served as Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing and Business Development. He joined Shiva when it was private and was part of the management team that led it through a successful IPO, several acquisitions and rapid growth phase. At Shiva he was responsible for building and managing the product management, product marketing, marketing communications, knowledge management, business development and Web groups. He served on the company’s executive committee and ran North American sales for a period of time.
Prior to Shiva he was with the Boston Consulting Group where he participated in the high-tech practice group, focusing on both business strategy and business process re-engineering for Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Santinelli also spent several successful years in sales with International Business Machines, selling both large and small systems and software to financial institutions.
He has been a Senior Lecturer at MIT, Sloan School of Management, where he taught Entrepreneurship. He received a BS from Fordham University in 1984, and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration in 1989.
Dr. Shulman is also a Chartered Financial Analyst, with a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Cash Manager designations. He previously ran the Shulman CFA Review Program which provided training for over 12,000 investment professionals throughout the world. He is author or coauthor of numerous academic articles and books and has consulted for many small entrepreneurial firms and large corporations. He was previously a consultant for the World Bank, assisting with the development of capital markets in Central Asia and republics of the former Soviet Union. He is the founder of EntrepreneurShares that manages professional funds (entrepreneurial firms in publicly traded equities) in mutual funds, ETF, hedge fund, and separately managed account (SMA) structures.
- Assistant Professor
Dr. Siddharth (Sid) Vedula is an Assistant Professor in the Entrepreneurship division at Babson College. He holds a PhD in Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University, and a Bachelors Degree in Physiology from the University of Toronto. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a research scientist in the medical device industry. He also helped found and manage an unmanned aerial vehicles startup firm during his doctoral studies. Professor Vedula comes from a multicultural background, having spent his formative years in India and the United Arab Emirates, and his adult years in Canada and the U.S.
Professor Vedula’s research focuses on spatial issues in both entrepreneurship and strategic management. He has studied community level differences in entrepreneurial dynamics and ecosystems, the impacts of regional economic and social institutions on the strategic behaviors of tech startups, and the geographic diversification strategies of venture capital firms. He has published his research in leading academic outlets such as Experimental Brain Research, Urology, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Small Business Economics, the Journal of Management Studies, Strategy Science, and the Academy of Management Journal. His research has also been featured in the newsmedia in outlets such as NPR, Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, and Greenbiz.
Professor Vedula teaches undergraduate and graduate levels courses in entrepreneurship and strategic management.
- Associate Professor
Dr. Yamakawa is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. He received his Bachelor of Laws from Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), obtained his M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management (Claremont, CA), and completed his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX). Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Dr. Yamakawa spent ten years working in Japan’s utility and telecommunication industries where he engaged in numerous corporate venturing activities and entrepreneurial start-ups. Dr. Yamakawa teaches in the areas/intersections of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and International Business. He comes from a multi-cultural background, having lived in eight different countries around the world.
Dr. Yamakawa’s research explores the stimulants and constraints behind entrepreneurial learning and growth. His current research interests include: Learning from entrepreneurial failure, dilemmas inherent in corporate venturing activities, failure of industry emergence, and bankruptcy laws and entrepreneurship development around the world. Dr. Yamakawa has presented his research at leading academic conferences such as Academy of Management Conference, Academy of International Business Conference, and Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. His paper, “Entrepreneurship and the barrier to exit: How does entrepreneur-friendly bankruptcy law affect entrepreneurship development at the societal level?” won the Best Paper Award from the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, for exploring the public issue of importance to the entrepreneurial community. His paper, “How does experience of previous entrepreneurial failure impact future entrepreneurship?” was selected Best Paper Proceedings and as Carolyn Dexter Award finalist. His paper, “Revitalizing and learning from failure for future entrepreneurial growth” won the Irene M. McCarthy Best Paper Award. Dr. Yamakawa’s work has been published in leading Entrepreneurship/Management journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Small Business Economics, and Management International Review.
- John H. Muller, Jr. Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
Andrew Zacharakis is The John H. Muller, Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Wellesley, MA. He is the Director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and past president of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a past chair of the Entrepreneurship Department at Babson College and a past Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson. His writings and research focus on two major areas of entrepreneurship: the venture capital decision-making process, and entrepreneurial growth strategies.
Zacharakis is the author of five books, Entrepreneurship, 4th Edition (with Bygrave and Corbett), The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship, 4th Edition (with Bygrave), Business Plans that Work, 2nd Edition (with Timmons and Spinelli), How to Raise Capital (with Timmons and Spinelli), and Entrepreneurship: The Engine of Growth, Volume 2 (with Spinelli). His research has been published in numerous academic journals including: the Journal of Business Venturing; Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice; Academy of Management Executive; Journal of Management; the Journal of International Business Studies; and Frontiers of Entrepreneurial Research. Moreover, his article, “Differing perceptions of new venture failure: A matched exploratory study of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs”, was selected as the best article published by Journal of Small Business Management in 1999. Zacharakis is on the Advisory Board for the Journal of Small Business Management and also serves on the editorial review boards for Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Ventures. His dissertation, the Venture Capital Investment Decision, received the Heizer Certificate of Distinction (1995) from the Academy of Management for outstanding research in the field of new enterprise development. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Academy of Management Mentor Award.
Professor Zacharakis has been interviewed in newspapers nationwide, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, and by several magazines, including Inc., Entrepreneur, and Kiplinger's. He has also appeared on television in the Bloomberg Small Business Report, and radio on NPR Morning Edition.
Professor Zacharakis has taught seminars at leading companies, including Dassault, Merck, Intel, and Met Life. He has also taught executives, students, and professors worldwide in such countries as Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.
Prior to his work at Babson, he held investment banking/venture capital positions with The Cambridge Companies, a Los Angeles firm that invested in retail concepts and movie partnerships. Today, Zacharakis is an active angel investor in seed stage deals. He also previously held positions at IBM and Leisure Technologies.
Zacharakis received a B.S. (finance/marketing), University of Colorado; an MBA (finance/international business), Indiana University; and a Ph.D. (strategy and entrepreneurship/cognitive psychology), University of Colorado. Zacharakis is a consultant to entrepreneurs and small business start-ups and ventures.