Christopher Cowton

Prof

  • Huddersfield Business School University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

1980 …2019
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Biography

Chris Cowton is Professor of Financial Ethics (half-time), a role he assumed on stepping down as Dean at the end of September 2016.  At that point, he was the longest-serving Dean of a UK business school, having taken on the role in February 2008, after 12 years as Professor of Accounting at the University.  During the period of his leadership, the School doubled its turnover, significantly built its research profile and increased its international activities – winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade).

Chris is also a visiting professor at the University of Leeds (UK) and the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao (Spain). and he has been a visiting professor at the University of Bergamo (Italy).

After graduating with first class honours from the University of Sheffield, Professor Cowton held posts at Aberystwyth and then Cardiff, before teaching for ten years at the University of Oxford. He returned to his native Yorkshire to become Professor of Accounting at the University of Huddersfield in 1996.

Chris has published extensively and is frequently invited to speak to academic and practitioner communities on business ethics, governance and research methods. His scholarly output includes conceptual argumentation, quantitative and qualitative empirical research, mathematical analyses, historical work - and even the poetic. He is internationally recognised for his contributions to business ethics, especially his pioneering work on financial ethics.  In 2013 he was awarded the University of Huddersfield’s first DLitt (Doctor of Letters, a higher doctorate) in recognition of his original and significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in business and financial ethics.

From 1998 to 2001 he was Chair of EBEN-UK, the UK Association of the European Business Ethics Network, and he chaired the 13th Annual Conference of the European Business Ethics Network in Cambridge in 2000. He was selected to give the P.D. Leake Lecture at Chartered Accountants' Hall, London in May 2007, and for a decade he was Editor of the quarterly international journal Business Ethics: A European Review, published by Wiley-Blackwell. He served as a member of the Ethics Standards Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales for a decade and has been a trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics and a member of the advisory of one of the first socially responsible investment products in the UK.

During his career Chris has added several qualifications (on a part-time basis) to his first degree. He holds an MScEcon from the University of Wales, an MA (by Special Resolution) from the University of Oxford, a PhD from the University of Sheffield, his DLitt from the University of Huddersfield, and also a Graduate Diploma in Philosophy from the University of York. He is a qualified Chartered Governance Professional/Chartered Secretary (ACIS), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Socially responsible/ethical investment
  • Ethical banking/banking ethics
  • Accounting ethics and professionalism
  • Ethics of trade credit

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Ethics

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Research Output 1980 2019

Business Ethics After the Global Financial Crisis: Lessons from The Crash

Cowton, C. (ed.), Dempsey, J. (ed.) & Sorell, T. (ed.), 12 Feb 2019, 1st ed. New York: Routledge. 190 p. (Routledge Studies in Business Ethics)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Crash
Global financial crisis
Business ethics
Criticism
Business activity

Forensic accounting services in English local government and the counter-fraud agenda

Sahdan, M. H., Cowton, C. & Drake, J., 10 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Public Money and Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fraud
audit
private sector
firm
questionnaire

Introduction

Cowton, C., Dempsey, J. & Sorell, T., 12 Feb 2019, Business Ethics After the Global Financial Crisis: Lessons from The Crash. Cowton, C., Dempsey, J. & Sorell, T. (eds.). 1st ed. New York: Routledge, p. 1-5 5 p. (Routledge Studies in Business Ethics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Banking
Financialization
Global Financial Crisis
Economic Systems
Aristotelian

Literature and insights Editorial: Strange counting

Cowton, C., 31 May 2019, In : Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. 32, 2, p. 689-690 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

World War I
Key words
Pricing
Armed forces
Owners
Factors
Supervisors
Doctorate
ability
student

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Invited talk

What do UK Employees Think about Ethics at Work?

Christopher Cowton (Speaker)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

What Do UK Employees Think About at Work?

Christopher Cowton (Speaker)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Universities highlight sustainability challenges

Christopher Cowton

25/03/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Big data meets big brother

Christopher Cowton

8/10/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

A Question of Standards

Christopher Cowton

1/09/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment