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William Lawler

Professor

Academic Division: Accounting & Law

Bio

​Dr. Lawler is the Leadership Professor, Strategy & Accounting, Babson F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business. His teaching and research focus on two areas: financial footprints of business unit strategy, and the impact of new technologies on accounting systems. Dr. Lawler has authored several papers and given numerous professional presentations. His primary focus is on aiding operational managers in understanding the financial consequences of their decisions concerning strategic choice. He has run seminars on this topic for such diverse groups as telecom managers in China, production managers in the Czech Republic, and R&D managers in the United States. Dr. Lawler consults with a number of companies, ranging from small bio-techs to Fortune 100 health care companies. His most recent publications in this area are a chapter, Understanding the Financial Footprint of Strategy (Strategy, Innovation, and Change, Oxford Press 2008), and Rational Expense Reduction: Lean Budgeting at Irving Oil (The Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance March/April2012)

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of Massachusetts
  • MS, University of Massachusetts
  • BS, University of Massachusetts

Academic Interests

Leadership

Courses

Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • ACC 7201: MEASURING AND MANAGING STRATEGIC PERFORM
  • ACC 7201: SF MEASURING AND MANAG STRATEGIC PERFORM

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Carr, L.P., Lawler, W.C., Reny, J. (2012). Rational Expense Reduction: Lean Budgeting at Irving Oil. Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, 23(3), 61-69.
  • Dover, P.A., Lawler, W.C., Hilse, H. (2008). Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset at Infineon Technologies: The Infineon-Babson Global Manager Development Programme. Journal of Change Management, 8(3-4), 265-277.
  • Lawler, W.C., Carr, L.P., Shank, J. (2004). The Profit Impact of Value Chain Reconfiguration: Blending Strategic Cost Management (SCM) and Action-Profit-Likage (APL) Perspectives. Advances in Management Accounting, 12

Reports

  • Carr, L.P., Lawler, W.C. (2010). Lean Budgeting. Babson College link

Conference Proceedings

  • Fetters, M.L., Duby, T.G., Lawler, W.C., Wellinghoff, S. (2009). The Evolution of a Blended MBA Program from the Perspectives of Administrators, Curriculum Technologists, Faculty, & Students: A Case Study at Babson College. Proceedings of IMCSI 09: The International Multi-conference on society, Cybernetics and Informatics,

Others

  • Lawler, W.C. (2009). Activity-Based Costing: Wiley
  • Lawler, W.C. (2009). Cost Structure Analysis, Profit Planning, and Value Creation: Wiley
  • Lawler, W.C. (2008). Understanding the Financial Footprint of Strategy: Oxford University Press

Presentations

  • Lean Budgeting
    Lawler, W. Lean Budgeting The CFO Alliance Breakfast Roundtable , Boston, MA (2010)
  • The Evolution of a Blended MBA Program from the Perspectives of Administrators, Curriculum Technologists, Faculty, & Students: A Case Study at Babson College
    Fetters, M., Duby, T., Lawler, W., Lundeen-Wellinghoff, S. The Evolution of a Blended MBA Program from the Perspectives of Administrators, Curriculum Technologists, Faculty, & Students: A Case Study at Babson College EISTA 2009: Application of Education Technologies Track, Orlando, FL (2009)
  • Technology and Integration: Innovations that Demand Faculty Development
    Duby, T., Fetters, M., Lawler, W. Technology and Integration: Innovations that Demand Faculty Development Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Boston, MA (2008)
  • Understand the Financial Footprint of Strategy
    Lawler, W. Understand the Financial Footprint of Strategy EMC Advanced Global Engineering Group Meeting, Hopkinton, MA (2007)
  • Strategy and Your Stronger Hand
    Lawler, W. Strategy and Your Stronger Hand Infineon Technologies, Munich (2007)
  • Managing Diversity in Different Parts of the World
    Lawler, W., Dover, P. Managing Diversity in Different Parts of the World 2004 EFMD Annual Conference, Madrid, SPAIN (2004)
  • The Accountant as Manager
    Lawler, W. The Accountant as Manager City of Cork Chamber of Commerce, Cork, Ireland (2003)