Allio Associates is a strategy consulting firm, headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

We offer a portfolio of practical strategy tools, processes, and perspectives to clients from a broad array of sectors and industries. 

What distinguishes us from others?

  • decades of both operational & consulting experience
  • multi-industry, multi-sector perspective
  • practical tools; straightforward language and deliverables
  • hands-on experience practicing what we preach
  • a collaborative engagement model that builds client capacity
  • a proven methodology that clients often bring in-house after our assignments

Our Team

Our clients enjoy direct access to the principals. When appropriate, we also expand program teams by tapping a network of industry and functional experts.

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Michael K. Allio

Michael is a strategy, innovation, and measurement specialist, offering clients 30 years of diverse strategy consulting and operating experience. He launched Allio Associates in 2001, and has delivered consulting services to a wide range of clients and industries. His operating experience is also multifaceted. He has served as the Deputy Director of Strategy & Management at the Gates Foundation, Chairman and interim CEO of a development-stage biotech firm, Director and Principal of a manufacturing start-up, and CEO of a product development and consumer products firm.

Recent work

Michael’s current client work straddles the private and philanthropic sectors. Recent projects include:

  • formulating and implementing an “entrepreneurial innovation” strategy for Brown University
  • leading the product development, strategy, and business development programs for a drug development firm
  • formulating and implementing an innovation strategy and programming for Johnson & Wales University
  • leading a product development enterprise that innovates at the intersection of healthy food, design, and medicine


Mr. Allio’s consulting portfolio includes directing more than 75 business, corporate, and marketing strategy development and implementation programs for organizations that range from Fortune 100 firms to startups, universities, and government agencies. He has managed restructuring programs, crafted marketing strategies, and forged strategic alliances for clients in the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and India. Example projects:

  • corporate strategy and organizational alignment programs for the integration of 5 mature industrial products firms
  • business strategy development for a series of middle-market portfolio companies of a $400M private equity firm
  • innovation strategy development, curriculum/program development, and implementation support for two universities

Michael's operating experience ranges from the Gates Foundation to Fortune 1000 firms to startups. At Gates, as the pioneering Deputy Director of Strategy & Management, his responsibilities included translating strategy into practical implementation programs, designing portfolio and performance management systems, and enhancing the alignment and impact of $1B in grants and contracts. His measurement work focused on creating performance metrics, outcome evaluations, and data systems for a $400M annual portfolio. And he spearheaded special innovation initiatives.

He has led startups in a range of industries, including pharma (HIV therapeutics, G-I therapeutics); manufacturing (automotive, hardware, food); and consumer products (food). His scope has included strategy, operations' management, product development, marketing, fundraising, and strategic alliances, including successful programs with Black & Decker, Home Depot, and GM. Several of the startups have achieved favorable exits.

Michael currently leads The Food Innovation Nexus, and serves as the interim CEO of The Modern Pod Company; he started his career in marketing at Revlon.

Additional background

Mr. Allio has published more than 20 articles on strategy, and one book: "Practical Strategy For Family Businesses", co-authored with Robert Allio. His articles appear in the Journal of Business Strategy, Strategy & Leadership, and elsewhere. He has earned several patents, is an honors graduate of Harvard (where he was a John Harvard Scholar), and speaks French (when appropriate). He serves on a number of Boards, including the Board of The RI Foundation, a community foundation with $1B in assets. 


Robert J. Allio

Dr. Allio is noted strategist, educator, and author. He offers a broad range of experience and insight: he has led top-level strategy consulting and management education projects for hundreds of firms in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and India. He has held a range of senior leadership positions in large and small organizations, and has developed his perspective of strategy and leadership issues over the past decades through teaching and writing.


Consulting experience

Dr. Allio founded his first management consulting firm, Robert J. Allio & Associates, Inc., in Boston, after leaving Arthur D. Little, in 1979. Over the past four decades, his clients have included 3M, New York Life, GTE, Digital Equipment, Allied-Signal, Dominion Textile, Dupont, USX, Weyerhaeuser, and the U.S., Canadian, and Puerto Rican governments.

Corporate & academic background

Dr. Allio’s corporate background includes senior operating experience with Babcock & Wilcox, General Electric, Noranda Mines, and Westinghouse Electric. His academic background includes positions as Dean of the School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was instrumental in launching one of the country’s earliest successful incubator programs. He has also held an appointment as Professor of Management at Babson College, and is currently a Professor at Brown University, where he teaches Leadership in two executive education programs.

Dr. Allio’s publishing experience is also significant. He has authored more than 100 articles on strategic management and leadership, and a number of books. His latest, Seven Faces Of Leadership, presents his perspective on strategy and leadership.

Additional background

Dr. Allio has designed and led seminars on strategy and leadership for The Conference Board, Business Week, the YPO, and many other private and professional organizations. He is past-president of the North American Society for Corporate Planning.

Dr. Allio has served on the Board of Directors of a number of private firms, and has been particularly active in the non-profit sector, focusing on strategy and leadership challenges.




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