Prof. Johan Olivier is a management consultant with extensive public sector and management experience in the areas of governance, project management, monitory and evaluation (M&E) as well as quantitative and qualitative research. He was appointed as team leader/team member on various client assignments which include the National Treasury, the Presidency, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and various national and provincial government departments as well as donors such as the European Commission, DFID, USAid, AUSAid and GIZ. These assignments were executed in various countries on the African continent.
He started his working career at the HSRC where he conducted research on various issues related to democracy and democratic governance, civil society, and social movements. He did extensive work for the Goldstone Commission in the early 1990s where he was involved in the development of the Code of Conduct for demonstrations which culminated in the Regulations of Gatherings Act of 1993, as well as the procedures for South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. He subsequently did extensive work for the IEC around elections. He was seconded to the Presidency in 1996 as one of the managers in the RDP Office responsible for the Criminal Justice System and the Education sector.
More recently he was member of a team appointed by the DPME in the Presidency to conduct an evaluation of government’s coordination system (MINMECs and Clusters). He also conducted various mid-term reviews for donors and government such as the mid-term review of the Expanded Public Works Programme in 2012-2013. He was member of a 2-person team appointed by GIZ in 2012 to develop an M&E system for the Community Work Programme that is being implemented by the Department of Cooperative Governance. This was followed by an appointment as a member of a GIZ funded team to harmonise M&E systems across government. He is currently member of a team appointed by the EU to develop a web-based M&E system for the government of Uganda.
His association with GIBS started in 2011 where he supervises MBA and PhD/DBA students in the areas of organisational behaviour, institutional transformation, research methodology and statistics. He was appointed Extraordinary Professor at GIBS in 2014 and served as Acting Director of the Doctoral Programme at GIBS from June 2018 to July 2019. He currently a member of the research examination committees of both the MBA and Doctoral programmes at GIBS. His specific interest is around the question; How do will build socially relevant and accountable organisations? He authored/co-authored more than sixty publications in South Africa and abroad in the areas of democracy and governance, civil society, and civil protest activities.
He holds a PhD degree in sociology from Cornell University in the United States with specialisation in Organisational Behaviour (Cornell Business School), research methodology (statistics), and politics. He taught by invitation at the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria as well as Stanford University in the United States.