Educating Young Accountants about Sustainability

Raef Lawson | January 17, 2017 |

We need to make students aware that accountancy can help promote sustainability, says Raef Lawson, Vice President, Research & Policy, Institute of Management Accountants. Accounting, especially management accounting, is an ideal field to include sustainability concepts, metrics, and tools. 


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Raef Lawson

Raef Lawson is Vice President-Research and Policy and Professor-in-Residence for the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), where he leads global thought leadership efforts and oversees student and academic relations programs.  He is also chair of the IMA-AAA Management Accounting Section’s Curriculum Task Force. He previously served on the International Accounting Education Standards Board. He received his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University.  He holds a variety of professional certifications including CMA, CFA, CPA, and ACMA. Prior to joining IMA, Dr. Lawson was a professor and Chair of the Department of Accounting and Law at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.  He has also held senior leadership experience in diverse settings, including academia, practice, and professional associations. Dr. Lawson has published several books and over 70 articles in the areas of sustainability, business ethics, performance scorecards, activity based costing, international cost management practices, and cost and performance management systems in journals including The Accounting Review, Cost Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Business, Finance, and Accounting.


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