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Alfred J. Nanni Jr.

Professor

Professor of Management Accounting
Academic Division: Accounting & Law
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Bio

Fred Nanni (Alfred J. Nanni, Jr) joined the faculty at Babson College as a full professor in 1993. Since then he has been involved in all of Babson’s academic programs and served in a variety of major service and administrative roles, including Program Director, Division Chair, Senate Executive Committee Vice Chair, and Provost. Fred’s publication stream spans discipline-focused journal articles and presentations, practice-oriented articles and books, peer-reviewed pedagogical materials and cases. He has published and spoken extensively on the topics of strategic performance measurement and on cost-effective strategy execution. He has co-authored a pair of practice-oriented books on those subjects – Delivering Results: Managing What Matters and The New Performance Challenge: Measuring Operations for World-Class Competition. His teaching and curriculum development history at Babson College includes teaching a variety of disciplines, especially in integrated formats, across undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. Fred’s administrative and service duties have included leading the development and delivery of several curriculum revisions, including the College’s seminal undergraduate core integration. He has also been a Chair of the Accounting and Law Division, a member of both the undergraduate and graduate policy committees, a member of Babson’s campus-wide tenure committee (serving as a chair and as co-chair), and member of the Executive Committee of the College’s Faculty Senate. Professor Nanni has over 30 years of academic experience which includes previous academic positions at Boston University (where he was Chair of the Accounting Department and Director of the Accounting Doctoral Program) and the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a BA in psychology from Syracuse University and an MS in Accounting and a PhD degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. ​ ​​​

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • MS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • BA, Syracuse University

Academic Interests

Accounting; Performance Measurement and Performance Management Systems; Strategic Cost and Profitability Analysis

Awards & Honors

  • 1995 - Lybrand Certificate of Merit in Management Accounting Literature, Institue of Managment Accountants
  • 1991 - Lybrand Certificate of Merit for Management Accounting Literature, Institute of Management Accountants
  • 1989 - Decision Sciences Institute's Best Interdisciplinary Paper of 1989 , Decision Sciences Institute
  • 1988 - Lybrand Certificate of Merit for Management Accounting Literature, Institute of Management Accountants
  • 1988 - Broderick Prize for Excellence in Research, B.U. School of Management

Courses

Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • MBA 7540: MEASURING & ACHIEVING STRATEGIC RESULTS
  • ACC 7201: BL1 MEASURING MANAGING STRATEGIC PERFORM
  • ACC 7201: BL MEASURING AND MANAG STRATEGIC PERFORM

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Ansari, S.L., Nanni, A.J., Pachamanova, D.A., Kopcso, D.P. (2008). Using Simulation to Model Customer Behavior in the Context of Customer Lifetime Value Estimation. INFORMS Transactions on Education, 9(1), 1-10. link
  • Nanni, A.J., Abdolmohammadi, M.J. (1999). A Systems-Based Model And Auditors' Control Structure Judgments: Development And A Preliminary Test. Asian-Pacific Journal of Accounting
  • Nanni, A.J., McMann, P. (1995). Means versus Ends: A Review of the Literature on Japanese Management Accounting. Management Accounting Research(6), 313-346.
  • Nanni, A.J., McMann, P. (1994). Is Your Company Really Measuring Performance?. Management Accounting, 55-58.
  • Nanni, A.J., Dixon, J.R., Vollmann, T.J. (1993). Improving Strategic Performance Through Better Performance Measurement. Quality and Productivity Management, 10(3), 7-11.
  • Nanni, A.J., Dixon, J.R., Vollmann, T.E. (1992). Integrated Performance Measurement: Management Accounting to Support the New Manufacturing Realities. Journal of Management Accounting Research, 4, 1-19.
  • Nanni, A.J., Scarbrough, P.D., Sakurai, M. (1991). Japanese Management Accounting Practices and the Effects of Assembly and Process Automation. Management Accounting Research, 2, 27-46.
  • Nanni, A.J., Smith, R.W. (1990). Charity and JIT: One Can Help the Other. Management Accounting, 37-40.
  • Nanni, A.J. (1990). Performance Measurement and the Communication of Strategic. Economia Aziendale, 9(2), 213-231.
  • Nanni, A.J., Dixon, R.J., Vollmann, T.E. (1990). Strategic Control and Performance Measurement: Balancing Financial and Nonfinancial Measures of Performance. Journal of Cost Management, 4(2), 33-42.
  • Nanni, A.J., Haskins, M.E. (1988). MIS Influences on Managers: Hidden Side Effects. Management Decision, 36(3), 25-31.
  • Nanni, A.J., Vollmann, T.E., Miller, J.G. (1988). What Shall We Account For?. Management Accounting, 42-48.
  • Nanni, A.J., Haskins, M.E. (1987). Towards Attribute Models of Internal Control:. Journal of Accounting Literature, 6, 111-130.
  • Nanni, A.J. (1984). An Exploration of the Mediating Effects of Auditor Experience and. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 9(2), 149-163.
  • Nanni, A.J. (1976). The Materiality Concept and Current and Future Accounting: An Assessment. Massachusetts CPA Review, 50(6), 7-12.

Books

  • Carr, L.P., Nanni, A.J. (2009). Delivering Results: Managing What Matters. New York, NY: Springer
  • Nanni, A.J., Dixon, J.R. (2001). Achieving Strategic Alignment: Using the Performance Measurement Questionnaire. London, UK
  • Nanni, A.J. (1998). Cases From Management Accounting Practice, Volume 12: Instructor's Manual. Montvale, NJ
  • Nanni, A.J., Dixon, J.R., Vollmann, T.E. (1991). Strategic Control and Performance Measurement: Balancing Financial and Nonfinancial Measures of Performance. Boston, MA: Warren, Gorham, & Lamont
  • Nanni, A.J., Dixon, J.R., Vollmann, T.E. (1990). The New Performance Challenge: Measuring Operations for World-Class Competition. Homewood, IL: Dow Jones-Irwin
  • Nanni, A.J. (1988). Managerial Accounting PC Spreadsheet Problem Set. Sarasota, FL: American Accounting Association-Coopers & Lybrand Foundation

Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Nanni, A.J., Juras, P.E. (2015). TenAlpina Tool: Product Line Expansion. The Case Centre Entrepreneurial Leadership Collection, 6.
  • Nanni, A.J., Juras, P.E. (2015). TenAlpina Tool: Product Line Profitability. The Case Centre Entrepreneurial Leadership Collection, 8.
  • Nanni, A.J., Juras, P.E. (2015). TenAlpina Tool: The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma. The Case Centre Entrepreneurial Leadership Collection, 6.
  • Mulligan, P., Nanni, A.J. (2011). Dräger Medical Systems, Inc.: Technology for Life. IMA Educational Case Journal, 4(1), 1-10.
  • Nanni, A.J., Pachamanova, D.A., Shanks, J.E. (2010). Even' Star Organic Farm. IMA Educational Case Journal, 3(3), 1-4.
  • Bell, J.E., Ansari, S.L., Nanni, A.J. (2010). Performance Management at Perelson Weiner, LLC. IMA Educational Case Journal, 3(2), 1-23. link
  • Mulligan, P., Nanni, A.J., Ansari, S.L. (2008). Hammond Cards, Inc: The Creative Acquisition. IMA Educational Case Journal, 1(1), 1-10.
  • Mulligan, P., Ansari, S.L., Nanni, A.J. (2008). Pelarsen Windows: Humans v. Robots. IMA Educational Case Journal, 1(3),
  • Mulligan, P., Nanni, A.J., Ansari, S.L. (2006). Hammond Cards, Inc: The Creative Acquisition. Babson College,
  • Mulligan, P., Nanni, A.J. (2006). Longmeadow Capital Partners & The Hebert Candy Mansion: Sweet Returns?. Babson College,

Conference Proceedings

  • Nanni, A.J., Pachamanova, D.A., Shanks, J.E. (2008). Even'Star Organic Farm: A Case Study.

Presentations

  • Latin America Family Enterprise
    Nanni, A. Latin America Family Enterprise Babson Connect: Worldwide 2015, Cartagena, Columbia (2015)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking: Its Role and Impact in Different Educational Settings
    Nanni, A. Entrepreneurial Thinking: Its Role and Impact in Different Educational Settings NEASC Annual Conference and Meeting, Boston, MA (2014)
  • Driving Operational Results using Performance Measures
    Nanni, A. Driving Operational Results using Performance Measures The CFO Alliance Breakfast, Newton, MA (2011)
  • The Challenge of Sustaining Superior Financial Performance
    Nanni, A., Halsey, R. The Challenge of Sustaining Superior Financial Performance The CFO Alliance Breakfast, Newton, MA (2011)
  • The CFO as Leader: Managing What Matters
    Nanni, A. The CFO as Leader: Managing What Matters The CFO Alliance Breakfast, Newton, MA (2009)
  • Even’ Star Organic Farm
    Nanni, A., Pachamanova, D., Shanks, J. Even’ Star Organic Farm American Accounting Association-Management Accounting Section International Case and Research Conference, Long Beach, CA (2008)
  • Hammond Cards
    Nanni, A., Mulligan, P., Ansari, S. Hammond Cards American Accounting Association-Management Accounting Section International Case and Research Conference, Ft. Worth, Texas (2007)
  • Operations-based Strategy: Competing on Cost, Quality, Flexibility and Speed
    Nanni, A. Operations-based Strategy: Competing on Cost, Quality, Flexibility and Speed Ambrosetti, Bologna, Italy (2002)
  • Operations Design as a Response to Market Dynamics
    Nanni, A., Mulligan, P. Operations Design as a Response to Market Dynamics POMS 2000, San Antonio, Texas (2000)
  • ABC to ABM: The Evolution of Cost Management
    Nanni, A. ABC to ABM: The Evolution of Cost Management CUOA, Veneto, Italy (2000)
  • Integrated Performance Measurement Systems: Strategic Cost Management through Organizational Learning
    Nanni, A. Integrated Performance Measurement Systems: Strategic Cost Management through Organizational Learning International Workshop on Cost Management, Venice, Italy (1996)
  • Managing Costs Through Strategically Integrated Performance Measurement
    Nanni, A. Managing Costs Through Strategically Integrated Performance Measurement Strategic Cost Management Program, Babson College, Babson Park, MA (1995)
  • Designing an Integrated Performance Measurement System
    Nanni, A. Designing an Integrated Performance Measurement System Conference on Modern Cost Management, Antwerp, Belgium (1995)
  • A Process for Performance Measurement Change
    Nanni, A. A Process for Performance Measurement Change Joint Center for FCIM, Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania (1994)
  • A Method for Assessing and Changing Performance Measurement Systems
    Nanni, A. A Method for Assessing and Changing Performance Measurement Systems Tecnicas de Gestion de Costes y de Control de Gestion, Madrid, Spain (1993)
  • The Role of Performance Measurement in Effective Organizations: Evidence from Recent Research
    Nanni, A. The Role of Performance Measurement in Effective Organizations: Evidence from Recent Research Tecnicas de Gestion de Costes y de Control de Gestion, Madrid, Spain (1993)
  • Performance Measurement as a Determinant of Production Competence
    Nanni, A. Performance Measurement as a Determinant of Production Competence Boston Accounting Research Colloquium, Waltham, Massachusetts (1993)
  • Developing a Process for Changing Performance Measures
    Nanni, A. Developing a Process for Changing Performance Measures First International Seminar on Manufacturing Accounting Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1993)
  • Measurement Systems to Support Business Excellence
    Nanni, A. Measurement Systems to Support Business Excellence Innovative Systems for the Implementation of Strategy, Milan, Italy (1993)
  • An Investigation of the Relationship between Strategic Performance Measures and Firm Performance
    Nanni, A. An Investigation of the Relationship between Strategic Performance Measures and Firm Performance [], Laval University, Quebec City, Canada (1993)
  • Performance, Measurement, and Change
    Nanni, A. Performance, Measurement, and Change Boston University School of Management Research Seminar Series, Boston, MA (1993)
  • Performance Measurement Research: A Synthesis
    Nanni, A. Performance Measurement Research: A Synthesis [RIT], Rochester, NY (1992)
  • An Empirical Examination of Manufacturing Cost Drivers an the Effects of Assembly and Process Automation
    Nanni, A. An Empirical Examination of Manufacturing Cost Drivers an the Effects of Assembly and Process Automation 1992 Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society, Orlando, FL (1992)
  • Integrated Performance Measurement and a Diagnostic Questionnaire for Integrating Strategies, Actions, and Measures
    Nanni, A. Integrated Performance Measurement and a Diagnostic Questionnaire for Integrating Strategies, Actions, and Measures Managing and Measuring the Future: Regaining the Competitive Edge, Boston, MA (1992)
  • Changing Performance Measurement
    Nanni, A. Changing Performance Measurement 3M European Controllers Meeting, Milan, Italy (1992)
  • The New, New Performance Measures
    Nanni, A. The New, New Performance Measures Boston University Manufacturing Roundtable Winter Meeting, Boston, MA (1992)
  • Integrating Strategies, Actions, and Measures
    Nanni, A. Integrating Strategies, Actions, and Measures CAM-I/USAF Workshop on Advanced Performance Measurement Systems, Arlington, Texas (1992)
  • Integrated Performance Measurement: The Measurement Challenge
    Nanni, A. Integrated Performance Measurement: The Measurement Challenge CAM-I Europe CMS Program Meeting, Paris, France (1991)
  • Breaking the Barriers: Integrated Performance Measurement
    Nanni, A. Breaking the Barriers: Integrated Performance Measurement Performance Measurements that Enhance Shareholder Value, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (1991)
  • Effective Performance Measurement: Operational versus Accounting Measures
    Nanni, A., Dixon, J. Effective Performance Measurement: Operational versus Accounting Measures 1991 National Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Miami, Florida (1991)
  • The Changing Role of the Cost Accountant: Management Accounting as a Consulting Service,
    Nanni, A. The Changing Role of the Cost Accountant: Management Accounting as a Consulting Service, Boston Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants' program on Cost Management, Boston, MA (1991)
  • Measuring Performance Improvement and Improving Performance Measurement
    Nanni, A. Measuring Performance Improvement and Improving Performance Measurement Texas Instruments Annual Controller's Conference and Workshop, Dallas, Texas (1991)
  • Effective Performance Measurement: Operational versus Accounting Measures
    Nanni, A. Effective Performance Measurement: Operational versus Accounting Measures MIT Sloan School Accounting Research Workshop, Cambridge, MA (1991)
  • Integrated Performance Measurement Systems: Breaking the Barriers
    Nanni, A. Integrated Performance Measurement Systems: Breaking the Barriers CAM-I Cost Management Systems Program Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio (1991)
  • Beyond Activity-Based Costing: Integrated Performance Measurement
    Nanni, A. Beyond Activity-Based Costing: Integrated Performance Measurement Grant-Thornton Manufacturing Excellence Forum, [] (1991)
  • Cost Accounting and Performance Measurement: Addressing the New Performance Challenge
    Nanni, A. Cost Accounting and Performance Measurement: Addressing the New Performance Challenge Eighth Meeting of the Indiana Manufacturing Excellence Roundtable, Indianapolis, Indiana (1991)
  • Management Accounting in Service Organizations
    Nanni, A. Management Accounting in Service Organizations FININVEST Controllers Meeting, Milan, Italy (1991)
  • Performance Measurement and the New Manufacturing Environment: Solutions in Accounting versus Solutions with Accounting
    Nanni, A. Performance Measurement and the New Manufacturing Environment: Solutions in Accounting versus Solutions with Accounting Milan Polytechnic Institute Seminar, Milan, Italy (1991)
  • A Systems-based Model of Internal Accounting Control: Development and a Preliminary Test
    Nanni, A., Abdolmohammadi, M. A Systems-based Model of Internal Accounting Control: Development and a Preliminary Test USC Audit Symposium, [California] (1991)
  • Performance Measurement: Its Critical Role in World-Class Manufacturing
    Nanni, A. Performance Measurement: Its Critical Role in World-Class Manufacturing Performance Measurement for World Class Manufacturers, Toronto (1990)
  • Effective Performance Measurement: Operational versus Accounting Measures
    Nanni, A., Dixon, J. Effective Performance Measurement: Operational versus Accounting Measures Accounting Research and World Manufacturing, Boston University Institute for Accounting Research and Education (1990)
  • An Instrument for Investigating the Relationships Among Manufacturing Strategy, Actions and Performance Measures
    Nanni, A., Dixon, J. An Instrument for Investigating the Relationships Among Manufacturing Strategy, Actions and Performance Measures 1989 Annual National Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, New Orleans (1989)
  • What's Wrong with Management Accounting: The Fallacy of Asking the Wrong Question
    Nanni, A. What's Wrong with Management Accounting: The Fallacy of Asking the Wrong Question Accounting and Manufacturing: Allies or Rivals, The Society for Integrated Logistics Management, Belgium (1989)
  • Performance Measurement in Context: Some Factors Affecting the Usefulness of Cost Accounting Data
    Nanni, A. Performance Measurement in Context: Some Factors Affecting the Usefulness of Cost Accounting Data Perspectives in Accounting, [Rhode Island] (1989)
  • Diagnosing Performance Measures
    Nanni, A., Dixon, J., Vollmann, T. Diagnosing Performance Measures Implementing Manufacturing Strategies: Breaking the Performance Measurement Barriers, Boston, MA (1988)
  • Measurement Systems
    Nanni, A. Measurement Systems Implementing Manufacturing Strategies: Breaking the Performance Measurement Barriers, Boston, MA (1988)
  • An Exploration of the Effects of Auditor Rank and Firm on the Estimation of the Likelihood of Material Error
    Nanni, A. An Exploration of the Effects of Auditor Rank and Firm on the Estimation of the Likelihood of Material Error 1988 National Meeting of the American Accounting Association, Orlando, Florida (1988)
  • Hidden Factory and Performance Measurement
    Nanni, A., Miller, J. Hidden Factory and Performance Measurement Cabot Corporation Annual Controllers' Conference, [] (1987)
  • Measuring Manufacturing Costs
    Nanni, A. Measuring Manufacturing Costs Boston University Manufacturing Roundtable Research Meeting, Boston, MA (1987)
  • A Systems based Model of Internal Accounting Control
    Nanni, A. A Systems based Model of Internal Accounting Control Columbia University Accounting Research Workshop, New York (1985)
  • Examining Accounting Control Systems: Qualitative vs. Quantitative Approaches
    Nanni, A. Examining Accounting Control Systems: Qualitative vs. Quantitative Approaches TIMS/ORSA Conference, Boston, MA (1985)

Professional Services

  • Member
    Circus Smirkus Finance Committee (2015)

Service

  • EQUIS Accreditation Peer Review Team
    (2015)