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Provost, Babson College

Vander Wolk Chair in Management Accounting & Operational Performance

Alfred J. Nanni, Jr. (Fred) is the Vander Wolk Professor of Management Accounting and Operational Performance at Babson College. Professor Nanni performs practice-oriented research on performance measurement, management systems, and strategy execution. He has written a wide variety of articles within this research domain for both academic and practitioner audiences. He has co-authored a pair of books on the subject: Delivering Results: Managing What Matters (with Larry Carr) and The New Performance Challenge: Measuring Operations for World-Class Competition (with J. Robb Dixon and Thomas E. Vollman). Dr. Nanni has also consulted extensively on strategic cost management and performance measurement with both large and small manufacturing and service firms.

Professor Nanni has taught in undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. He was the lead designer and original Program Director of the Intermediate Management Core Program, Babson’s innovative multi-disciplinary, multi-year core business program for undergraduates. Over the last 12 years, Professor Nanni has taught exclusively in Babson’s MBA program and in executive programs. He has extensive teaching experience in both traditional face-to-face and online hybrid contexts. He has been Chair of the Accounting & Law Division at Babson and served twice as chair and co-chair of Babson’s college-wide promotion and tenure committee. Prior to his arrival at Babson, Dr. Nanni held positions at The Pennsylvania State University College of Business Administration, and Boston University School of Management. At Boston University, he was Chair of the Accounting Department as well as Director of the Accounting Doctoral Program.


B.A, Syracuse University (cum laude)
MSBA, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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