Robert Allio

Adjunct Professor of Engineering, Principal, Allio Associates


Robert Allio brings to the program leadership experience developed over a career as a senior executive, management consultant, author, professor, and business school dean. Professor Allio helps students forge a personal model of leadership based on principles and practice revealed through contemporary management theory, history, literature, politics, and psychology. His students learn how leaders build relationships with followers by uniting around a shared purpose, and how they establish a leadership identity that reconciles personal and organizational objectives and ethics.

As a strategy consultant, Allio advised clients in the US, Canada, Europe, India, and Latin America, including 3M, Allied Signal, Bell-South, Digital Equipment, GTE, New York Life, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Polaroid, US Steel, and many government agencies. He worked at Arthur D. Little as a management consultant, and held senior operating positions with Babcock & Wilcox, General Electric, Noranda Mines, and Westinghouse Electric. Allio was President of Canstar, a pioneer in the fiber optics industry, and has served on the board of numerous private firms.

As professor of management at Babson College,  Allio conducted leadership seminars for American Management Association, The Conference Board, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. He founded the Incubator program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute while serving as Dean of the School of Management. His recent books on strategy and contemporary leadership theory are The Practical Strategist and The Seven Faces of Leadership.

Professor Allio received his PhD and BMetE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MSc from Ohio State University.