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Lidija   Polutnik  


Chair, Economics Division
B.S., University of Maribor, Slovenia
M.A., Ohio University
Ph.D., Georgia State University
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Dr. Lidija Polutnik is a Professor and Chair of the Economics Division. At Babson she teaches mainly in the MBA program in the area of managerial economics, pricing and competitiveness.  Since the Fall 2014 she is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.   

Dr. Polutnik's research and consulting work has mostly been focused on pricing, revenue management and strategic cost management. Her work in this area is based on the analysis of the relationship between the firm's costs and customers' value and the influence of this relationship on the firm's profit. Dr. Polutnik also conducts research in public finance and examines the role institutions play in market economies and specifically in countries in transition. Dr. Polutnik's work has been published in numerous academic journals and books including: The European Accounting Review, Advances in Management Accounting, Journal of Cost Management, Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, Industrial Relations Journal, and Comparative Economic Studies Journal. She has received several grants and awards for her work; most recently she received The Davis Educational Foundation grant for the project entitled "Containing Costs While Enhancing the Educational Mission: A Study of Best Practices for Small Private Colleges".

Dr. Polutnik has extensive consulting and executive teaching experience and has developed and delivered customized corporate training programs for many multinational companies in the area of tactical and strategic pricing, customer value, cost, and profitability analysis. She regularly teaches in the Executive MBA Program at the University of Bologna, Italy.