Raef Lawson

Raef Lawson

Professor in Residence at IMA | Institute of Management Accountants

Greater New York City Area
Nonprofit Organization Management

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Raef Lawson's Summary

Award-winning author and international speaker in the area of enterprise performance management, sustainability, business ethics, and international management accounting practices, with senior leadership experience in diverse settings, including academia, practice, and professional associations.

Raef Lawson's Experience

Vice President, Research & Policy

IMA | Institute of Management Accountants

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Accounting industry

January 2014Present (10 months) global

Responsible for advancing IMA’s position as a global thought leader in the field of management accounting. Oversee an expanded set of responsibilities, including oversight of IMA’s policy/advocacy committees (Financial Reporting Committee, COSO, Small Business Financial and Regulatory Affairs Committee, and Technology Solutions and Practices Committee), resulting in a greater ability to support IMA’s policy/advocacy efforts with research, to have advocacy inform our research efforts, and to generally expand IMA’s thought leadership efforts.
Continuing responsibility for a rapidly growing research department, including setting of research priorities, staff oversight and budgeting.
Conducting or overseeing a wide range of research activities, including numerous projects with ACCA and other strategic partners.
Responsibilities also include development and oversight of student and academic relations programs (see Professor in Residence).

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Accounting industry

July 2007Present (7 years 4 months) global

Responsible for assessing the needs of accounting faculty and students worldwide, enabling IMA to better support the academic community while increasing its presence in that market.
Provide support for accounting curriculum development and help forge academic alliances.
Represent IMA at industry events and on various committees, including the AAA’s Management Accounting Section’s Executive Board.
Facilitate development and promotion of the IMA Research Foundation’s grant and awards programs.
Organize the Applied Research track of IMA’s Annual Conference and Exposition.
Chair of the joint IMA-AAA Management Accounting Section Curriculum Task Force, which developed an Accounting Education Framework that is being used by a Pathways Commission Task Force.
Developed and implemented numerous programs that support management accounting education. These include:
• the IMA Academic Endorsement Program for schools offering academic programs that promote management accounting education and which cover the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) body of knowledge in their curriculum;
• The CMA Scholarship program which enables outstanding student the ability to obtain CMA certification at no cost; and
• IMA’s Campus Advocate program, which has as its goals the development of a community of faculty interested in management accounting education and CMA certification.

Vice President of Research

Institute of Management Accountants

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Accounting industry

November 2008January 2014 (5 years 3 months) Montvale, NJ

Responsible for leading the revitalization of IMA’s research efforts in order to support its mission to be a thought leader in management accounting as well as to support membership/corporate development efforts.
Responsible for developing and managing IMA’s annual research budget.
Coordinated IMA’s research efforts, which include sponsored research, the funding of academic research, and extensive in-house research.
Developed IMA’s research agenda with a focus on providing rigorous applied research of use to practitioners

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Accounting industry

November 2005November 2008 (3 years 1 month) Montvale, NJ

As staff liaison to IMA’s Research Foundation, helped volunteer committee members develop the Foundation and increase its visibility in the academic and professional communities.
Oversaw research projects from development of initial research topic through conduct of research and final design and publication.
Lead content development for a variety of professional development products, including IMA’s Learning System.
Negotiated partnership agreements with other professional organizations and various consultancies.
Planned and developed IMA’s Statements on Management Accounting (SMAs) and IMA’s case study journal, the IMA Educational Case Journal. Serve as Editor of the journal and SMA series.
Made numerous presentations to academic and professional audiences in order to enhance IMA’s brand awareness and reputation.

Chair, Department of Accounting & Law

University at Albany

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

20042005 (1 year) Albany, New York Area

Lead department in separate reaccredidation of departmental programs: formulated and implemented strategic plan, developed and implemented assurance of learning program.
Developed and implemented program to increased departmental interaction with professional community.
Initiated alumni relations program, including development of newsletter and hosting alumni events.
Oversaw completion of registration of new 150-hour programs (one Bachelor’s program and four Master’s program).
Oversaw development of new graduate programs, including negotiating approval process.
Negotiating 4-1 (BS/MS) articulation agreements with other New York State schools.
Formed a scholarship fund in honor of a former colleague and led fund-raising efforts for the fund.
Responsible for other typical chair duties: class scheduling and staffing, handling student and faculty grievances, and handling faculty personnel matters.

Research Associate, Institute for the Advancement of Health Care Management

University at Albany

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

19942005 (11 years) Albany, New York Area

Conducted research studies on the design and implementation of an activity-based costing system at Capital Area Community Health Plan (CHP), an HMO serving the upstate New York, western Massachusetts, and Vermont region; an activity-based cost analysis for the New York State Department of Health to determine the cost savings resulting from their Single Payor Demonstration Project (which involved the filing of claims electronically through a single payor); the design of a system to measure the performance of health centers and medical departments at CHP; an analysis of the cost of training primary care providers in an ambulatory care setting (in conjunction with Albany Medical College); and design and implementation of a financial planning model for Community Health Centers to assist them in transitioning to a capitated Medicaid environment (in conjunction with Whitney M Young Community Health Center).

Associate Professor

University at Albany

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

19852005 (20 years) Albany, New York Area

Taught a variety of accounting courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Introductory Financial Accounting and Financial Accounting Theory I, II and III (Intermediate and Advanced Financial Accounting). Cost Accounting, Advanced Cost Management, Contemporary Developments in Accounting Thought, and Research Seminar in Accounting. Served on a variety of committees at the department, school and university levels. Received the University at Albany, SUNY, School of Business Faculty Research Excellence Award, 2002-2003.

Raef Lawson's Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant

    • State of New York
  • Certified Management Accountant

    • IMA | Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Financial Analyst

    • CFA Institute

Raef Lawson's Skills & Expertise

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Financial Analysis
  3. Research
  4. Management Consulting
  5. Business Strategy
  6. Managerial Finance
  7. Public Speaking
  8. Nonprofits
  9. Analysis
  10. Financial Modeling
  11. Budgets
  12. Teaching
  13. Leadership
  14. Strategy
  15. Business Planning
  16. Program Management
  17. Management
  18. Accounting
  19. Training
  20. Policy
  21. Finance
  22. Management Accounting

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Raef Lawson's Publications

  • Management Accounting in the People’s Republic of China: Costing Methodologies, Cost Management Practices, and the Finance and Accounting Function

    • Economic Science Press (China)
    • 2010
    Authors: Raef Lawson

    This publication presents the results of a study of costing methodologies and cost management practices utilized by companies in the Peoples’ Republic of China. I find that costing practices employed by companies, while occasionally reflecting prior practices, are now largely in conformance with the 2006 ASBE. Cost management practices are in a state of transition in the PRC—reflecting the techniques used under the prior planned economic system, but also showing the beginning of the adoption (and adaptation) of Western techniques.

  • Scorecard Best Practices: Design, Implementation and Evaluation

    • Wiley
    • 2008

    This book shows companies how to turn strategy into performance at every level of the organzation. It includes eight case studies of companies that have successfully implemented the balanced scorecard, a high-level implementation plan, and a best practices checklist.

  • Business Performance Management – Best Practices for Success

    • Hyperion
    • 2006
  • Focusing Accounting Curricula on Students’ Long-Run Careers: Recommendations for an Integrated Competency-Based Framework for Accounting Education

    • Issues in Accounting Education / AAA
    Authors: Raef Lawson, IMA-MAS Curriculum Task Force

    This paper provides a comprehensive review of the academic and professional literatures in three areas: (1) the scope or focus of accounting education; (2) the value proposition for accounting (i.e., specification as to how accountants today, working in a variety of settings, add organizational value); and (3) the importance of competency integration to the value proposition of accounting. These reviews lead to four recommendations regarding accounting curricula. First, accounting education should be reoriented to include a greater focus on a curriculum oriented toward long-term career demands. Second, the breadth of accounting education should be broadened to include a wide array of organizational settings including, but not limited to, public accounting/auditing. Third, the educational objectives of accounting curricula today should reflect how accountants add organizational value. Fourth, these objectives (represented as knowledge, skills and abilities) should emerge and be developed as integrated competencies. These recommendations lead operationally to the competency-based educational Framework presented in this paper.
    Forthcoming May 2014.
    An expanded version of this paper is available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2342306.

Raef Lawson's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • French

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • Mandarin

    (Elementary proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Limited working proficiency)

Raef Lawson's Honors and Awards

  • International Federation of Accountants Article of Outstanding Merit

    International Federation of Accountants
    • 1985

    My article "Activity Based Costing Systems for Hospital Management", CMA Magazine, June 1994 was selected by the Financial and Management Accounting Committee of the International Federation of Accountants as an article of outstanding merit.

  • Faculty Research Excellence Award

    University at Albany, SUNY, School of Business
    • 2003

Raef Lawson's Education

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Doctor of Philosophy, Business Adminstration


New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Master of Philosophy, Statistics & Operations Research


New York University

Diploma, Real Estate Analysis and Appraisal


New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Master of Business Administration, Finance & Marketing


Binghamton University - School of Management

Bachelor of Science, Accounting


Grade: graduated magna cum laude

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