David W. Young, DBA

Professor of Accounting and Control, Emeritus
Boston University

President and CEO
The Crimson Group, Inc.


David W. Young is Professor of Management, Emeritus, at Boston University's School of Management, where he was nominated four times for BU’s prestigious Metcalf Award for teaching excellence. During each of his last two years at BU, he was voted best professor by Cohort C of the School’s MBA students. While at BU, he taught undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and executive non-degree courses on financial accounting, management accounting, and management control systems, His courses were taught in for-profit, nonprofit, and healthcare contexts. During each of his last four years, he also taught the capstone course on competition, innovation, and strategy in the school’s MBA Program.

Professor Young has been a core faculty member for the past 40 years at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, where he has taught in the Programs for Chiefs of Clinical Service and Leadership Development in Health Care. He has been the lead faculty member for the past 14 years in the AAIM [Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine] Executive Leadership Program for physicians and administrators in departments of internal medicine.

During the past several years, Professor Young has been a visiting professor in the international MBA and doctoral programs at the Universities of Ferrara, Messina, Bologna, and Pisa in Italy. He also has taught at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya, the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, the University of Reykjavik, ESADE and IESE business schools in Barcelona, and the the Clinical Effectiveness Program in Buenos Aires. He has co-taught the managing public-private partnerships course at the Forlí campus of the University of Bologna, and has lectured in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East on a variety of topics

In the late 1990s, Professor Young was appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve a 3-year term as commissioner and chair of the state’s Hospital Payment System Advisory Commission. This was a 7-member body charged with monitoring access, quality, and fair-market standards as the state shifted to a more market-oriented healthcare system. In 2006, he received the Special Recognition Award from the Association of Professors of Medicine, an award presented annually to a nonmember who has contributed the most to helping the association meet its mission of providing leadership and direction to academic internal medicine.

In addition to his teaching and service awards, Professor Young has received several research awards, including “best article of the year” from both the American College of Healthcare Executives and (three times) the Healthcare Financial Management Association. His 2003 books A Manager’s Guide to Creative Cost Cutting: 181 Ways to Build the Bottom Line, and Techniques of Management Accounting: An Essential Guide for Managers and Financial Professionals have been translated into Mandarin.

In 2012, Professor Young published (with Professor Emanuele Padovani of the University of Bologna) Managing Local Governments: Designing Management Control Systems that Deliver Value (London, Routledge). In 2013, he published the 3rd edition of Management Accounting for Managers (Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Crimson Press), a user-oriented primer. In 2018 he published the fourth edition of Management Accounting for Health Care Organization (Cambridge, MA, The Crimson Press). And in 2016, he published the 10th edition of Management Control in Nonprofit Organizations (Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Crimson Press); earlier editions of this text were translated into Italian and Japanese. An earlier book (co-authored with Richard B. Saltman), The Hospital Power Equilibrium (Baltimore The Johns Hopkins Press), was a seminal study of the relationship between physicians and administrators in hospitals. 

Professor Young earned a B.A. from Occidental College, an M.A. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a doctorate from the Harvard Business School. Early in his career, he served as a systems engineer with IBM corporation, a program economist with the USAID Mission to El Salvador, and a consultant with the Social Administration Research Institute. He was selected to be a Milton Fund Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma (the national honor society for accredited business programs).  He also has been listed in Who's Who in: Finance and Industry; American Education; the East; America; the World. For more information, visit his Web page (above).