Professor Chris Cowton

Profile

Chris Cowton is Professor of Financial Ethics (half-time) at the University of Huddersfield. He was previously Professor of Accounting (1996-2016) and Dean of the Business School (2008-2016) there, having joined after ten years lecturing at the University of Oxford. He is the author of more than 60 journal papers, has edited three books and has written many book chapters. He was Editor of the journal Business Ethics: A European Review for a decade (2004-2013). He is also a visiting professor at University of the Basque Country, Bilbao (Spain). and he has been a visiting professor at the University of Bergamo (Italy). His other external roles include trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics (2017-) and member of the Ethics Standards Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (2009-2018).

Research interests

  • Accounting and financial ethics
  • Business ethics
  • Corporate governance

 

Publications

Selected publications

Business Ethics after the Global Financial Crisis: Lessons from the Crash (New York: Routledge, 2019). Edited with James Dempsey and Tom Sorell. 

‘Accounting ethics’, in H. LaFollette (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Ethics, 2nd Edition (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell).

‘Business ethics in the UK’, in D.C. Poff and A.C. Michalos (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics (Cham: Springer).

‘Socially responsible investing’, in A. Lewis (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour, 2nd Edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) 285-304.

‘Socially responsible investing’, in A. Lewis (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour, 2nd Edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) 285-304.

‘On the ethics of trade credit: understanding good payment practice in the supply chain’, Journal of Business Ethics, 140:4 (2017), 673-685. With Leire San-Jose.

‘The role of individual variables, organizational variables and moral intensity dimensions in Libyan management accountants’ ethical decision making’, Journal of Business Ethics, 134:3 (2016) 335-358. With Ahmed Musbah & David Tyfa.

‘Method issues in business ethics research: finding credible answers to questions that matter’, Business Ethics: A European Review, 24:S1 (July 2015) S3-S10. With David Campbell.

‘Use of focus groups in business ethics research: potential, problems and paths to progress’, Business Ethics: A European Review, 24:S1 (July 2015) S54-S66. With Yvonne Downs.

‘Heated debates and cool analysis: thinking well about financial ethics’, in P. O’Sullivan, N.F.B. Allington & M. Esposito (Eds.), The Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Finance in the 21st Century: From Hubris to Disgrace (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015) 439-452.

 

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