Program Faculty Bios
Professor Alan Hoffman
Alan Hoffman (Doctor of Business Admin., Indiana University, 1982) is Professor of Management. Dr. Hoffman is also co-author of Strategic Management and Business Policy, Globalization, Innovation and Sustainability, 15th edition (Prentice-Hall/Pearson). He formerly served as visiting Professor of Strategic Management in the OneMBA Program at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University the Netherlands. He also served as MBA Program Director at Bentley University from 2006‐2010. He currently serves on the MBA Advisory Board of The New England College of Business and Finance. His major areas of interest include strategic management, global strategy, investment management and technology. He is co‐ author of The Strategic Management Casebook and Skill Builder textbook. Publications have appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Business Research, and Business Horizons. He has authored forty strategic management cases including: Harley Davidson, Inc., The Boston YWCA, Ryka, Inc., Liz Claiborne, Ben & Jerry's, NTN Systems, Cognex, Cisco Systems, Sun Micosystems, Palm, Inc., Handspring, Ebay, AOL/Time Warner, Apple Computer, Wynn Resorts, Tivo, Intuitive Surgical, Whole Foods Market, and TomTom Inc. Previously taught at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Ten of his cases were used for the SAM National Case Competition. Recipient of the 2004 Bentley College Teaching Innovation award for MG755: The Organizational Life Cycle ‐ The Boston Beer Company Brewers of Samuel Adams Lager Beer. He has been invited to speak on teaching strategic management at the Strategic Management Society’s Annual Meeting in Paris, France in September, 2018.
Professor Jim Pouliopoulos
Jim Pouliopoulos is an educator, executive coach and marketing expert with over 25 years experience in a variety of industries including high-tech, medical, government and professional services.
As a Marketing Lecturer at Bentley University, he teaches a wide variety of courses covering topics including strategic marketing, business planning, market research, new product development, high-tech product marketing and more. Pouliopoulos is the Director or Bentley’s new Professional Sales major and a member of the University’s Corporate Immersion Institute. As an executive coach, he works with business owners, business leaders and teams to improve strategic focus and effectiveness.
Pouliopoulos has contributed to the success of large companies including General Electric and IBM as well as a number of successful small and medium sized firms as a marketing consultant, product manager, director of marketing and sales, spokesperson, public speaker, trainer, facilitator, market researcher and engineer. He is experienced in analyzing market opportunities, developing strategies, and implementing marketing mix tactics. Pouliopoulos is a skilled public speaker, spokesperson, instructor and facilitator who is effective in developing and delivering training programs, conference sessions, and multimedia presentations which deliver maximum educational impact.
Pouli’s educational background includes a B.S. in Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.
Professor Bill Starner
William S. Starner has an impressive corporate executive background with over 25 years of executive management experience including general management, marketing, customer service and human resources. He has extensive international business experience and possesses in-depth knowledge of a variety of industries.
For the past six years, Mr. Starner has been an Adjunct Professor of Management at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he teaches courses in Leadership, Negotiation and Interpersonal Relations in Management at Bentley’s McCallum Graduate School of Business, as well as at the undergraduate level.
Mr. Starner is the Managing Partner of Windham Partners. Windham Partners is a professional consulting firm focused on assisting its clients on a variety of global executive leadership issues such as executive selection, assessment, performance, succession planning and negotiating.
Prior to Windham Partners, Mr. Starner spent 10 years as a Senior Partner at the international executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, where he assisted F500 companies such as IBM and Kodak and numerous early-stage, high growth companies build their executive leadership teams. The majority of his work was at the corporate officer and Board of Director level. Prior to Heidrick & Struggles he held executive management positions with Bytex Corporation, a venture capital backed technology company, where he participated in the company’s successful IPO. Mr. Starner also held senior Human Resource positions with the General Electric Company.
Professor Elaine Walker
Elaine Walker focuses upon integrating perspectives from academia, industry and consulting as means to effectively analyze and implement global organizational change programs such as organizational restructuring, leadership development, global remuneration programs, and performance improvement programs. Currently, Elaine is a Lecturer at Bentley University where she oversees the HR concentration, a program which focuses on preparing Human Resources specialists for the challenges of the future such as working with the generations, creating customizable yet scalable talent management systems, and performing workforce analytics. In addition, she teaches
in the Bentley MBA program in which she focuses on managing contingent workforce programs, improving global employee engagement and understanding the realities of generational differences.
Previously, Elaine was a Principal at Willis Towers Wyatt where she specialized in redesigning the HR function in order to improve performance and deliver more standardized services that drive organizational
compliance and performance. Her clients included HP, Charles Schwab, Pottery Barn, Mitsubishi, Raytheon,
Reliant Energy, Chevron and Shell Oil. Prior to joining Bentley University she served as the VP of HR at BHPBillington where she focused on building cross business unit leadership pipelines, the VP of HR for Shell Oil Company where she led the implementation of a shift from country to global organizational structures for all US based assets and the Director of Rewards at NeXT Computers where she focused on creating fit-for-purpose scalable reward programs.
Elaine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and an MBA in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University. She is a Certified Compensation Professional with the WorldatWork and
serves as a faculty member for their certification programs. She is an adjunct Faculty at Northeastern
University where she teaches Graduate courses in workforce analytics and improving employee engagement. In addition, she has been a guest lecturer at The American National University in Hanoi, VietNam.
Professor Steve Wasserman
Steve Wasserman is a Lecturer in the Finance Department at Bentley University. He began teaching at Bentley as an Adjunct Lecturer in 2012. In addition to teaching, Steve is a consulting CFO to venture backed companies.
Steve has more than 30 years of experience managing corporate finance, accounting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, legal, and human resources. He has worked in both public and private corporations and has significant Wall Street experience raising equity capital, raising debt capital, transacting mergers and acquisitions, and managing relationships with investors, investment bankers, rating agencies, and commercial banks. Steve has previously served as CFO for technology-focused companies including InfoBionic, Inc.; AppNeta, Inc.; Memento, Inc.; constant Contact, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTCT); Med-i-Bank Inc.; and ON Technology Corporation (NASDAQ;ONTC).
Steve has a BBA degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA degree from Babson College.