Who is Robert S. Kaplan?

Introducing Dr. Robert S. Kaplan

Robert S. Kaplan is a renowned author and has taught many people many different things through his books and teachings.  Harvard Business School states that, “Robert S. Kaplan, Senior Fellow and Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, is co-developer of both activity-based costing (ABC) and the Balanced Scorecard (BSC). Kaplan joined the HBS faculty in 1984 after spending 16 years on the faculty of the business school at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he served as Dean from 1977 to 1983” (HBS, retrieved 2018, para.1).

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Mr. Kaplan has blessed the world with the release of about 14 books in his career and is very well established in the academic community.  According to HBS, “He received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T., a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University, and honorary doctorates from several international universities. Elected to the Accounting Hall of Fame in 2006, he received the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award in 1988 from the AAA, the 1994 CIMA Award from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), and Lifetime Contribution Awards from the Management Accounting Section of the AAA (2006) and the Institute of Management Accountants (2008). He continues to be a leading global speaker on strategy execution, and cost and performance management” (HBS, retrieved 2018, para.4).

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Kaplan has been paving the way for many generations to come with his innovative work and his ability to understand such a difficult topic and to teach it to others.  He continues even now to research and divulge information as it is discovered.  Currently, “Kaplan’s research, executive program teaching, and consulting focus on aligning cost and performance management systems to strategy execution. He currently works with Michael Porter on the HBS Value Based Health Care initiative to introduce time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) and value-based bundled payments to health care. The goal is to motivate the health care sector to restructure around delivering superior patient outcomes at significantly lower total cost” (HBS, retrieved 2018, para.2).

Harvard Business School, Faculty and Research: Robert S. Kaplan (retrieved 2018, para.1) https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6487

Harvard Business School, Faculty and Research: Robert S. Kaplan (retrieved 2018, para.4) https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6487

Harvard Business School, Faculty and Research: Robert S. Kaplan (retrieved 2018, para.2) https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6487

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