James Brimson

Adjunct Professor
Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business

An adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, James A. Brimson was the founder and past President of Activity Based Management Institute (ABMI). Prior to ABMI, Mr. Brimson was Partner-in-Charge of Coopers & Lybrand, worldwide activity based cost management Center of Excellence located in London, United Kingdom. His group developed cost management methodologies and worked with clients worldwide.  Mr. Brimson was director of CAM-I (an international consortium conducting research and development in advanced manufacturing technology), where he originated the Cost Management Project. The Cost Management Program was the original source of ABC as a management tool. Mr. Brimson is internationally recognized as an expert in Process Based Management and has assisted numerous organizations in its successful implementation.

He is the author of Activity Accounting: An Activity-Based Costing Approach, and co-author of Cost Management for Today's Manufacturing Environment, The CAM-I Conceptual Model, and Activity Based Management for Service Industries, Government Entities and Nonprofit Organizations.  Co-author of, Driving Value Through Activity Based Budgeting.  His most recent book Handbook of Process Based Accounting is published by the AICPA.

Mr. Brimson served on the Cost Accounting Standards Advisory Board (CASAB), which developed new cost accounting standards that apply to all US Governmental Agencies. He has served on the National Manufacturing Studies Board. The CAMI book Cost Management for Today's Manufacturing Environment won the 1990 “Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award” by the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association. Mr. Brimson was the primary researcher on an Association of Government Accountants (AGA) project to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating Process Based Accounting into US Government agencies.

A.B.D., Finance, University of North Carolina (1982)
M.B.A., Arizona State University
B.S., Business Administration, Auburn University

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