Robert S. Kaplan

Robert S. Kaplan

Harvard Business School Professor and Co-Creator of the Balanced Scorecard - Keynote speaker


Robert S. Kaplan is Senior Fellow and Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School. He joined the HBS faculty in 1984 after spending 16 years on the faculty of the business school at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he served as Dean from 1977 to 1983. Kaplan received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T., and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Stuttgart (1994), Lodz (2006), and Waterloo (2008).

Kaplan’s research, Executive Education teaching, and consulting focus on linking cost and performance management systems to strategy implementation. His current research focuses on two topics: measuring and managing organizational risk and, in a joint project health care project with Michael Porter, introducing valid measurements to improve patient outcomes, lower costs, and introduce innovative bundled payment reimbursement models.

Kaplan was co-developer of both activity-based costing and the Balanced Scorecard. He has authored or co-authored 14 books and more than 150 papers including 25 in Harvard Business Review. Recent books include “The Execution Premium: Linking Strategy to Operations for Competitive Advantage,” the fifth Balanced Scorecard book co-authored with David Norton, and “Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing” with Steve Anderson. His previous books with Norton include “Alignment”  and “Strategy Maps,” which was named as one of the top ten business books of 2004 by Strategy & Business and, “The Strategy-Focused Organization,” named by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young as the best international business book for year 2000, and “The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action,” which has been translated into 24 languages and won the 2001 Wildman Medal from the American Accounting Association for its impact on practice. He also co-authored “Cost and Effect, Implementing Activity-Based Cost Management” and “Relevance Lost: The Rise and Fall of Management Accounting,” which received the American Accounting Association Seminal Contributions to Literature Award in 2007.

Elected to the Accounting Hall of Fame in 2006, Kaplan received the Lifetime Contribution Award for Distinguished Contributions to Advancing the Management Accounting Profession from the Institute of Management Accountants in 2008, and the Lifetime Contribution Award from the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA) in 2006. He received the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award in 1988 from the AAA, the 1994 CIMA Award from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) for “Outstanding Contributions to the Accountancy Profession,” and the 2001 Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for contributions to the practice and academic community. The Financial Times included him in its 2005 list of Top 25 Business Thinkers.

Kaplan speaks globally on performance and cost management systems, enterprise risk management, and value-based health care delivery.

Professor Kaplan explaining the Balanced Scorecard:

Robert S Kaplan: Strategy Execution & ESG Performance

Virtual platform

Robert S. Kaplan, Harvard Professor and Co-Creator of the Balanced Scorecard, will share his latest insights on Strategy Execution. I will take us through the 6 stages of the Strategy Execution Premium Model, with a special focus Strategy Mapping as a key tool for Strategy Monitoring and Strategy Communication. Finally he will share with the […]