Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. Kaplan joined the HBS faculty in 1984 after spending 16 years on the faculty of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA), Carnegie-Mellon University. He served as Dean of GSIA from 1977 to 1983. Kaplan received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T., and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University. In 1994, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Stuttgart.
Kaplan’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on linking cost and performance management systems to strategy implementation and operational excellence. He has been a co-developer of both activity-based costing and the Balanced Scorecard. He has authored or co-authored eleven books, eleven Harvard Business Review articles, and more than 120 other papers. The Accenture Institute for Strategic Change named him, in 2002 and 2003, among the Top 50 Thinkers and Writers on Management Topics. The Financial Times included him in its list of Top 25 Business Thinkers. Kaplan received the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award in 1988 from the American Accounting Association (AAA), the 1994 CIMA Award from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) for "Outstanding Contributions to the Accountancy Profession," and the 2001 Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for contributions to the IMA and the academic community.
Strategy Maps, his latest book with David Norton, will be published in 2004 by HBS Press. Previous books with Norton are The Strategy-Focused Organization, (translated into 17 languages and named by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young as the best international business book for year 2000), and The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action, (translated into 21 languages and winner of the 2001 Wildman Medal from the American Accounting Association for its impact on practice). He also co-authored Cost and Effect: Using Integrated Cost Systems to Drive Profitability and Performance, Implementing Activity-Based Cost Management: Moving from Analysis to Action and Relevance Lost: The Rise and Fall of Management Accounting.
Kaplan has consulted on the design of performance and cost management systems with many leading companies. He regularly offers seminars in North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. He currently serves on the board of the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative and Acorn Systems.
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