Steve Landry

Professor Emeritus

Professor Landry has taught at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hong Kong Baptist University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was program controller for the Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation, held various cost accounting positions for the Hewlett-Packard company, and various production management positions for Proctor & Gamble.

Professor Landry's current research interests involve the investigation and analysis of the interaction of management accounting information and decision making in organizations.  The primary focus of that research is on new and emerging trends, including continuous process improvement, re-engineering, total quality management, self-directed teams, and activity-based costing. His recent journal articles have appeared in the Hong Kong Accountant, The Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, and The CPA Journal.


Cost accounting, financial and management accounting, financial auditing, government and non-profit accounting


PdD, MBA, Accounting, University of Colorado, Boulder; BS, General Engineering, US Military Academy, West Point


"Moving from Bricks and Mortar to Clicks and Mortar?  Strategic Structuring Issues to Consider to Preserve and Maximize Shareholder Wealth"
"Integrating Strategic and Financial Planning for Nonprofit Organizations"
"The Changing Role of Management Accountants in a Customer-Focused, Quality Driven and Value-Added World"
"Doing Business with The Peoples' Republic of China:  How to Steer Clear of Dangerous Legal Pitfalls"

Course List

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IMGT 8532 - Managerial Accounting      

This is the second course in the Principles of Accounting series. This course is concerned with the theory and practice of managerial accounting. The course, while of necessity having to deal with some of the details inherent in accounting, will focus on developing in the student an understanding of the conceptual basis of managerial accounting and on linking that foundation to business decisions. The primary objectives of this course are:

to present the theories that underlie current managerial accounting practice;
to examine alternative accounting methods currently acceptable and practiced;
to implement the procedures necessary to apply the underlying theory; and finally,
to emphasize the linkage of business activities to accounting information to business decisions. A secondary objective includes developing in the student an analytical ability necessary to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of current and proposed accounting alternatives as well as analyzing potential effects of different accounting treatments and proposals on business decision making.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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IMGT 8610 - Green/SustainabilityAccounting      

As the topic of “Sustainability Accounting” is only beginning to develop, this course will be exploratory in nature. The course will approach the subject with a focus on "performance measurement and implementation of sustainability". Particular attention is given to managerial thinking in implementing and measuring sustainability strategies – e.g., asking the “how” instead of the “why”. For any human activity to be sustainable, it must first be economically viable. One aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the types and behavior of business and environmental costs; how these costs are collected and measured; and how they are incorporated into decision models for business purposes. Another aim of the course is to teach students to think about how companies, institutions and regulators can incorporate the concept of sustainability financial/accounting reporting. Students gain experience examining and studying the financial, environmental, and social performance of various organizations.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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IMGT 8630 - Personal Financial Planning      

Financial Planning will discuss the book "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki. While there are formal handouts and readings, the primary thrust of the course will seem almost psychological in nature. What is in the mindset of those who are successful vis-a-vis financial planning (and all that represents) as opposed to those who are less successful in such endeavors? How can you take advantage of discovering the answer? The course will shed light on these questions, the answers to which at first gleaming may seem surprising, but upon retrospect, will be seen as at everyone's front doorstep, so to speak. As you might suspect, in part, the "secret" derives somewhat from a combination of (a) what information and (b) how to use that information. Topics include description of the financial planning industry, what a financial planner does, how to determine financial goals, review of financial papers, and development of a financial plan for each participant.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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MBAG 8530 - Survey of Accounting      

MBAG 8530 is designed for the non-business graduate student who has had little or no exposure to accounting. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of Financial and Managerial Accounting. In the beginning of this course, students will be briefly introduced to the fundamental financial accounting concepts and terminology with regard to financial statement reporting for business enterprises. The latter portion of this course, Management Accounting, focuses on the use of accounting information in managerial decision making and cost management principles.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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MBAG 8627 - Financial Statement Analysis      

This course teaches financial and managerial accounting concepts from a management perspective. It is designed to be useful particularly for those who aspire to be managers, management consultants, financial specialists (e.g., controller, financial analyst, auditor), or human resource specialists (e.g., personnel director, compensation consultant). The course highlights the reporting differences among industries, including manufacturing, retailing, and service firms, and regulated and non-regulated firms. Statements of actual companies, with an emphasis on international companies, are used in illustrations and cases. The actual financial statements highlight current financial reporting problems, including comprehensive income, segment reporting, options, post-retirement benefits, and the harmonization of international standards.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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MBAG 8649 / IMGT 8649 - Management Control Systems      

This course aims to provide students with a management perspective of accounting information with special emphasis on the control viewpoint. The role of an accountant or controller is briefly discussed. Particular attention is given to managerial thinking for controlling the organization in an international context. The concepts and techniques of management control are thoroughly discussed within the backdrop of general management issues but also within the context of specific international issues such as transfer pricing, international taxation and exchange rates. Modern theories on organization and decision-making are highlighted in relation to management control systems.

Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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