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Colin Drury was born in Huddersfield and joined the university (formerly Huddersfield Polytechnic) in 1970. Prior to this he worked locally at Hopkinsons Ltd., British Gas and Huddersfield Borough Council Treasurer’s Department. He qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 1967 and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Sector Accountants in 1969 and later obtained his academic qualifications (an undergraduate degree in 1973 and a master’s degree in 1975). He was awarded the title of professor in 1988. Colin is the author of several books, including Management and Cost Accounting, Europe’s best selling management accounting textbook. His books are used as core texts at leading universities throughout Europe, South Africa, South East Asia and Australia and have been translated into Russian, Polish, Dutch and Italian. He has also published approximately 100 articles in professional and academic journals and appeared on management video presentations.
Colin has been invited to present papers at leading business schools in Europe and the Far East and was visiting professor at the University of Porto in Portugal from 2001-2003. He has also acted as cost management advisor to one of the major international consultancy firms and served on several committees of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Colin has been a member of the QAA for Higher Education Benchmarking Group for Accounting and the Scientific Committee for the 2004 European Accounting Congress held in Prague.
Since retiring from the university he has continued his research and writing activities and his association with the university. His research focuses on factors influencing the design of management accounting, performance measurement and cost management systems.
Cowton, C., Brierley, J. and Drury, C. (2008) ‘Investigating activity-based costing in manufacturing industry’ Cyprus International Journal of Management , 13 (1), pp. 21-33. ISSN 1450 0000
Brierley, J., Cowton, C. and Drury, C. (2008) ‘An examination of the types of cost system used to obtain product costs in British manufacturing industry’ International Journal of Managerial and Financial Accounting , 1 (1), pp. 6-17. ISSN 1753-6715
Brierley, J., Cowton, C. and Drury, C. (2008) ‘The application of product costs in pricing in British manufacturing industry’ Sasin Journal of Management , 14 (1), pp. 4-14.
Cowton, C., Drury, C. and Brierley, J. (2007) ‘Product costing practices in different manufacturing industries: a British survey’ International Journal of Management , 24 (4), pp. 667-675. ISSN 0813-0183
Wu, J., Drury, C. and Boateng, A. (2007) ‘An analysis of the adoption, perceived benefits, and expected future emphasis of western management accounting practices in Chinese SOEs and JVs’ The International Journal of Accounting , 42 (2), pp. 171-185. ISSN 0020-7063
Wu, J. and Drury, C. (2007) ‘An exploratory study on the environmental factors influencing the adoption of MAPs in Chinese SOEs and JVs’ Journal of Technology Management in China , 2 (1), pp. 54-70. ISSN 1746-8779
Cowton, C., Brierley, J. and Drury, C. (2007) ‘And this way and that way: why are overhead costs treated this way rather than that way in product costs’ Journal of Accounting and Finance , 6, pp. 1-38. ISSN 2158-3625
Brierley, J., Cowton, C. and Drury, C. (2007) ‘The identification and type of costs used in cost reduction decisions’ Cost Management (Sept), pp. 34-39. ISSN 1092-8057
Drury, C. and Tayles, M. (2006) ‘Profitability analysis in UK organizations: an exploratory study’ British accounting review , 38 (4), pp. 405-425. ISSN 0890-8389
Brierley, J., Cowton, C. and Drury, C. (2006) ‘A comparison of product costing practices in discrete-part and assembly manufacturing and continuous production process manufacturing’ International Journal of Production Economics , 100 (2), pp. 314-321. ISSN 0925-5273
Drury, C (2006) Cost and management accounting: an introduction . : Cengage Learning EMEA. ISBN 9781844803491
Brierley, J., Cowton, C. and Drury, C. (2006) ‘The application of costs in make-or-buy decisions: an analysis’ International Journal of Management , 23, pp. 794-800. ISSN 0813-0183
Cowton, C., Drury, C. and Brierley, J. (2006) ‘A note on the importance of product costs in decision-making’. In: Advances in management accounting. : Elsevier. pp. 249-265. ISBN 9780762313525
Cowton, C., Drury, C. and Brierley, J. (2006) ‘Reasons for adopting different capacity levels in the denominator of overhead rates: a research note’ Journal of Applied Management Accounting Research , 4 (2), pp. 53-62.
Drury, C. and Tayles, M. (2005) ‘Explicating the design of overhead absorption procedures in UK organisations’ British accounting review , 37 (1), pp. 47-84. ISSN 0890-8389
Guilding, C., Drury, C. and Tayles, M. (2005) ‘An empirical investigation of the importance of cost-plus pricing’ Managerial Auditing Journal , 20 (2), pp. 125-137. ISSN 0268-6902
Drury, C (2003) Cost and management accounting, students manual . : Thompson Learning. ISBN 9781861529237
Drury, C (2003) Cost and management accounting: an introduction (5th edition) . : Thompson Learning. ISBN 1861529058
Drury, C. and Tayles, M. (2001) ‘Moving from Make/Buy to strategic sourcing: the outsource decision process’ Long range planning , 34 (5), pp. 605-622. ISSN 0024-6301
Drury, C. and Lamminmaki, D. (2001) ‘A comparison of New Zealand and British product costing practices’ International journal of accounting , 36 (3), pp. 329-347. ISSN 0020-7063
Brierley, J., Cowton, C. and Drury, C. (2001) ‘Research into product costing practice: a European perspective’ European Accounting Review , 10 (2), pp. 215-256. ISSN 0963-8180
Drury, C. and Tayles, M. (2001) ‘System breakdown: how good is your company's cost information?’ Financial management , pp. 36-40. ISSN 1471-9185
Drury, C (2001) Management accounting for business decisions (2nd edition) . London: Thompson Learning. ISBN 9781861527707
Brierley, J., Cowton, C. and Drury, C. (2001) ‘How product costs are calculated and used in decision making: a pilot study’ Managerial auditing journal , 16 (4), pp. 202-206. ISSN 0268-6902
Drury, C (1997) ‘The misapplication of capital investment appraisal techniques’ Management decision , 35 (2), pp. 86-93. ISSN 0025-1747