Dr. Jan Bell, a full professor at Babson College, earned her PhD from UCLA and is a CPA. She is currently assigned to be the Managing Director of Greenfield Porjects for Babson Global. Professor Bell has held permanent faculty positions at Columbia University, Santa Clara University, and California State Northridge (CSUN,) and was a visiting faculty at INSEAD in Fontainebleu, France. In the past five years, she designed, coordinated, and taught in Organizing for Effective Management, the sophomore Babson signature learning experience which integrates core materials from managerial accounting, operations, and organizational behavior. During this time, she also taught in the Two-Year MBA program and in the blended-learning Fast Track program for experienced executives. During her years at CSUN, Bell was active in administration, working on AASCB accreditation, curriculum design, college strategic planning, operational budgeting, and learning outcomes assessment, as well as chairing the Accounting and IS Department at CSUN. She was named "Outstanding Professor" for her teaching while a member of the CSUN faculty.
Bell's expertise is in strategic management accounting and financial reporting. She is the coauthor of a modular series, Management Accounting, a Strategic Focus, which won the American Accounting Association's and the Institute of Management Accountant's 1996 award for innovation in management accounting education. In July 2010, Professor Bell hosted the Global Accounting and Organizational Change Conference held on the Babson campus. The theme of the conference was accounting's role in promoting social change; academics from 16 countries presented research papers at the conference. She is the coauthor of several articles and books on target costing, including Hitting the Target, published in 2005. In the past five years, she has published more than 20 journal articles and interdisciplinary cases, won two awards for case writing, and an award for best paper in the annual manuscript competition for the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). Her cases have been used twice by the IMA for its international student case competition.
Currently, Dr. Bell is working on a strategic management accouting text; engaged in a research project on Sodexo's quest for sustainability; and has a chapter forthcoming on social responsibility and ethics in management accounting education for the United Nation's PRIME project.