Alnoor Ebrahim

Professor of Management

  • PhD, Stanford University
  • MS, Stanford University
  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Alnoor Ebrahim is a Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His research examines the challenges of performance measurement, accountability, and governance facing organizations with a social purpose. He teaches courses on Leadership, International Business Strategy, and Managing NGOs and Social Enterprises. He also co-chairs the Schwab Social Entrepreneurs executive education program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Ebrahim recently served on a working group established by the G8 to create global guidelines on measuring social impact, and continues to serve on an advisory board of the Global Impact Investing Network. He has worked with the NGO Leaders Forum, an annual gathering of CEOs of the largest humanitarian development organizations based in the US. His previous research on accountability mechanisms within the World Bank led to a Congressional Testimony on improving the Bank’s information disclosure policy. Alnoor is author of the award-winning book, "NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting, and Learning," and is co-editor of "Global Accountabilities: Participation, Pluralism, and Public Ethics," (both with Cambridge University Press). He is presently working on a new book, "Measuring Social Change," (Stanford University Press).

Curriculum Vitae - Alnoor Ebrahim

Dichter, S., T. Adams, and A. Ebrahim. 2016 (winter). “The Power of Lean Data,” Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Ebrahim, A., J. Battilana and J. Mair. 2014. “The Governance of Social Enterprises: Mission drift and accountability challenges in hybrid organizations,” Research in Organizational Behavior, 34: 81-100.
Ebrahim, A. and V.K. Rangan. 2014. “What Impact? A Framework for Measuring the Scale & Scope of Social Performance,” California Management Review, 56(3): 118-141.
Brown, L.D., A. Ebrahim, and S. Batliwala. 2012. "Governing International Advocacy NGOs." World Development 40(6): 1098-1108.
Ebrahim, A and S. Herz. 2011. “The World Bank and Democratic Accountability: The Role of Civil Society” in Jan Aart Scholte (ed.), Building Global Democracy? Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance, 58-77. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ebrahim, A. 2009. “Placing the Normative Logics of Accountability in ‘Thick’ Perspective,” American Behavioral Scientist, 52(6): 885-904.
Ebrahim, A. 2005. “Accountability Myopia: Losing Sight of Organizational Learning,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 34(1): 56-87.
Ebrahim, A. 2003. “Making Sense of Accountability: Conceptual Perspectives for Northern and Southern Nonprofits,” Nonprofit Management and Leadership 14(2): 191-212. (Recipient of Editor’s Prize for best paper).
Ebrahim, A. 2003. “Accountability in Practice: Mechanisms for NGOs,” World Development 31(5): 813-829.

• Ebrahim, A. and Edward Weisband (eds). 2007. Global Accountabilities: Participation, Pluralism, and Public Ethics, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, U.K.
• Ebrahim, A. 2003 (hardback) 2005 (paperback). NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting and Learning. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, U.K. (Recipient of Best Book Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action).

• Ebrahim, A. 2016. “The Many Faces of Nonprofit Accountability, ” in D. Renz (ed), The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (fourth edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, pp. 102-123.

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