Professor Hilton's current research interests focus on contemporary cost management systems and international issues in managerial accounting. In recent years, he has toured manufacturing facilities and consulted with practicing managerial accountants in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and has been active in the American Accounting Association. He has served as associate editor of The Accounting Review and as a member of its editorial board. Hilton also has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Management Accounting Research. He has been a member of the resident faculties of both the Doctoral Consortium and the New Faculty Consortium sponsored by the American Accounting Association.
He has published articles in many journals, including the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Management Science, Decision Sciences, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Journal of Mathematical Psychology. He also has published a monograph in the AAA Studies in Accounting Research series, is the author of Managerial Accounting, is a co-author of Budgeting: Profit Planning and Control, is a co-author of Cost Management: Strategies for Business Decisions, and is a co-author of Cost Accounting: Concepts and Managerial Applications.
Hilton has also taught accounting at Ohio State and the University of Florida, where he held the position of Walter J. Matherly Professor of Accounting. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, Hilton worked for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company and served as an officer in the United States Air Force.