Dr. John Brierley

Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Room: C081
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3431
Email: J.A.Brierley@Sheffield.ac.uk
John Brierley  

John Brierley gained a BSc(Econ/Accy) in Economics and Accounting at the University of Bristol, a MA(Econ) from the University of Manchester and a PhD from the University of Huddersfield. He is also a chartered accountant having trained and qualified with what is now called KPMG. ‘He has worked previously as a lecturer at the University of Manchester, University of Aberystwyth and Singapore Institute of Management.’


His teaching interests are in management accounting and financial accounting.

John Brierley is the module leader for the second year undergraduate Budgeting and Control module and the third year undergraduate Advances in Financial Accounting module. The former module is a research led module that is concerned with the study of the behavioural aspects of budgeting, the problems with budgeting and recent attempts that have been made to overcome these problems. The latter module is a concerned with the study of advanced technical aspects of financial accounting. It mirrors many of the topics studied in professional accounting examinations, such as consolidated financial statements, foreign currency translation, financial instruments and related party transactions.


His research interest is in the area of product costing and credit unions. In relation to product costing, his research interest is in the reasons for adopting various methods of costing, the factors influencing the adoption of activity-based costing and cost system design.

PhD Supervision

John Brierley is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • The factors influencing the adoption of activity-based costing, the usage of activity management and cost system design.
  • The impact of the adoption of activity based costing, activity management and cost system design on the levels of satisfaction with each of them, the levels of usage of them in product planning and cost management, and ultimately their influence on the financial performance of the firm.