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Kevin M. Sweeney

It is a special privilege for me to be a part of the dynamic community of learners in the student body and faculty of the School of Business at WPI.  The WPI tradition of solving real-world problems makes it a distinctive environment for sharing our collective capacity to make the world a better place through value creation and innovation.  As a practitioner in finance and international management with a Fortune 500 financial services company, in consulting and legal practice, and as the CEO of a community economic development firm, I have learned first-hand that effective organizational and entrepreneurial leadership requires more than merely technical capability in business disciplines like finance.  Business leaders and entrepreneurs are most successful when they develop a nuanced understanding of how to create value on an integrated foundation of strategic, social, cultural and ethical understanding.   WPI’s focus on interdisciplinary technical proficiency combined with contextual and values-driven leadership makes it a special place to study business and finance.   By applying the fundamental tools of corporate finance in a practical and realistic business context, I want to help my students learn how to drive, monitor, communicate and evaluate real-world leadership decisions.

Research Interests

  • The relationship between finance, strategy and innovation
  • Capital needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses
  • Mergers & acquisitions and financial services organizations
  • The role of regional economic development and financial innovation
  • International management and global finance


  • B.A., University of Massachusetts – Amherst, 1987
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1990
  • M.B.A., TRIUM (New York University – Stern School of Business; London School of Economics; and HEC School of Management – Paris), 2005
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