Our program, ranked No. 6 in the U.S. by College Factual, prepares students to move their companies ahead of the competition by successfully mobilizing and coordinating resources, all while keeping a close eye on the bottom line. Rigorous coursework offers an understanding of complex managerial issues and ethical practices.   



Department Faculty

Adjunct Professors

Coakley, Lori

Lori A. Coakley

Professor, Management
Faculty Suite A, Room 4

Lori Coakley is known for her fast-talking style and real-world approach, Coakley has received several teaching awards at Bryant. Pedagogy – or the art of teaching – is her passion.

“I’m always thinking how I can make things different or better for my students,” Coakley said. “I want them to walk out of my class and say ‘Wow. I can use that in my interview or my internship.’ Everything I do begins in the classroom – research or consulting, it all starts there.”

Coakley has published and presented on topics ranging from defense conversion to adaptive leadership to design thinking. She runs a robust consulting practice, teaching personal branding, negotiation, and women and leadership for clients that include B.J.’s Wholesale Club, Hope Global, and Women & Infants Hospital.

She’s a consistent contributor to the annual Women’s Summit, serves as a faculty fellow for the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, and is on the executive leadership team which plans and organizes Bryant’s annual three-day IDEA program, an all-freshmen student event focused on creative problem-solving and the innovation process.

“What I love about Bryant is that it is always evolving, and you’re allowed to be cutting edge – always finding new ways to challenge your students and to create an environment for achievement and success.”

Teaching interests include Women and Leadership, Management Theory and Practice, Leading Effective Organizations. Organizational Behavior, International Management and Global Cases.

Organizational Studies, Culture and Strategy, Work/Family Conflict, Leadership and Women, Comparative Russian/American Issues, Business Education and Pedagogy, International Relations/ Human Resource Management, International Relations

  • Academy of Management
  • Decision Science Institute
  • Organizational Behavior Teaching Society
  • Merit Award for Exemplary Five-Year Performance
  • 2016, Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award
  • 2014, Merit Award for Service and Leadership
  • 2014, Service Award
  • 2010, Awarded one semester sabbatical leave for Spring 2011
  • 2009, Bryant University Merit Award for Service and Teaching
  • 2005, Bryant University Merit Award for Service and Leadership
  • 2004, Bryant College Faculty Mentor Award
  • 2001, Women's herstory Award
  • 2000, Outstanding Undergraduate/Graduate Teaching Award
  • 1999, Tenure

Coakley, L., Roberto, M., Segovis, J., Meeting the challenge of developing innovative problem-solving students using design thinking and organizational behavior concepts, Business Education Innovation Journal, Elm Street Press.

Roberto, M., Segovis, J., Coakley, L., Meeting the Challenge of Developing Innovative Problem-Solving Students Using Design Thinking and OB Concpets, Business Education Innovation Journal.

Segovis, J., Coakley, L., Five Easy Pieces, Ivey Publishig.

Segovis, J., Coakley, L., Leading Adversity: Challenges of Institutional Vision, Survival and Failure, Case Research Journal .

Vakil, R., Coakley, L., Put Some Sole in Your Student's Cross-Cultural Negotiation: An Exercise, Journal of International Business education.

Coakley, L., Sousa, K., The Effect of Contemporary Learning Approaches on Student Perceptions in an Introductory Business Course, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2013.