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Photo of Allan Cohen, distinguished professor at Babson College joins Sohodojo Advisory Board...11 November 2002, Wellesley, MA and Raleigh, NC USA – Allan Cohen, distinguished professor at Babson College and best-selling business book author has joined the Sohodojo Advisory Board to mentor the development of business education materials in support of solo and family-based entrepreneurs in rural and distressed urban communities, it was announced today by the non-profit R&D lab's Founders and Research Directors, Jim Salmons and Timlynn Babitsky.

"In addition to his extensive experience in direct teaching, Allan has played instrumental roles in the revision and extension of Babson College's business education curricula," said Timlynn Babitsky. "His intimate involvement in envisioning the innovative Babson College-Olin College of Engineering partnership that is integrating Babson's business education with Olin's technical curriculum is especially relevant to the Sohodojo R&D agenda."

"Dr. Cohen is widely respected for his teaching and consulting expertise in collaborative management and the exercise of influence without authority," said Jim Salmons. "This expertise will be invaluable to Sohodojo."

"In today's entrepreneurial small business network environments, effective influence and collaboration are essential," said Allan Cohen. "Jim and Timlynn will incorporate this perspective in the case study education materials Sohodojo develops to be used by business educators interested in exposing their students to the decentralized and distributed business web business models envisioned and evolving at Sohodojo."

Allan R. Cohen holds the Edward A. Madden Distinguished Professorship in Global Leadership at Babson College. Dr. Cohen recently completed seven years as Babson's vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty. A consultant on organizational change for companies such as GE, he helped found the Indian Institute of Management. Dr. Cohen is coauthor of "Managing for Excellence," the award-winning "Alternative Work Arrangements: Integrating Individual and Organizational Needs," and "Influence without Authority." His latest book is "Power Up: Transforming Organizations Through Shared Leadership" and he is editor of the recently published "The Portable MBA in Management, Second Edition."

Sohodojo ( is a non-profit applied R&D lab with an education and research agenda dedicated to the exploration and development of innovative "Small Is Good" business models and their associated software technologies supporting solo and family-based entrepreneurs in rural and distressed urban communities seeking sustainable futures. Sohodojo is involved in a unique partnership in Havre, Montana, working with the North American Rural Futures Institute ( at Montana State University Northern. Together, Sohodojo and NARFI are developing education programs to support rural economic and community development with a futures-oriented perspective.

Babson College ( in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program (recipient of the 2002 Theodore M. Hesburgh Award). It grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College (currently celebrating 50 years of Babson MBAs). Babson's School of Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. Babson Interactive LLC develops distance learning programs and business simulations for executives and graduate students.



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Founders and
Research Directors

Jim Salmons
Timlynn Babitsky
JFS Consulting
Raleigh NC USA

Advisory Board

Allan Cohen
Distinguished Professor in Global Leadership
Babson College
Wellesley, MA USA

Andrew Cohill
Knowledge Democracy Center
Founding Principal
Design Nine Organization
Blacksburg, VA USA

Perri Morgan
State Director, NC
National Federation of Independent Business
Raleigh, NC USA

Michael Moshell
CREAT Digital Media Program
Chief Scientist
Visual Systems Lab
Univ. Central Florida
Maitland, FL USA

Gary L. Murphy
President and CEO
Teledynamics Communications, Inc.
Sauble Beach, ON, Canada

Jim Schneider
Tax Attorney
Home-based Business and EZ/EC/RC/HUB Advocate
San Diego, CA USA

Rick Smyre
Communities of the Future
Gastonia, NC USA