Prof John Ford


Professor John Ford
Prof John Ford

John qualified as a CA (SA) with Arthur Young & Co (now Ernst & Young) where he worked for some 12 years. His final position there was that of partner responsible for Computer Audit Education. In 1983 he joined the Wits Business School (WBS) where he attained the position of associate professor in Business Administration (in the areas of accounting, control and management information systems) which he held till his departure in December 2004. From 1995 to June 2004, John also held the position of executive education director at the WBS.

John is the founder and convenor of the two- year H Dip Computer Auditing Course run by Wits University (previously the NACCA course).

His consulting interests are in the following areas: product/customer costing and profitability; key ratio and performance measures; management accounting reporting as well as bridging the gap between users and the finance department.


​Associate Professor

Published Research

​​Books edited - International

Information Systems in Practice and Theory (with Dr. P.C. Pirow and Professor N.M. Duffy). Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. 1988.

Books edited - Local

Control and Audit of Modern Information Systems. Juta and Company 1985.

Impact of Information Technology on Management through the 80’s. Juta and Company 1987.

Management of Information into the 90s. Juta and Company 1989.

Information Technology – Value for Money? Juta and Company 1992.

Information Technology 2000. Magicprint 1994.


Conference papers edited

Management Buyouts, Leveraged Acquisitions and the Financial Entrepreneur. Frankel, Kruger, Vinderine Inc., 3 August 1989.

Research Corner (introduced the concept of a Research Corner published quarterly in Accountancy S.A. Synopsis of better/appropriate research reports are printed for exposure to readers. August 1991 – March 1995).


Book reviews

Managerial Accounting in S.A. M.J. Pratt, Accountancy S.A., April 1985.

Managing for Results. H.J. Misselhorn, Pre-publication Review for McGraw-Hill, August 1985.

The Control and Audit of Computerised Information Systems. Lay and Still. Pre-publication review for Juta Company, August 1986.

Computer Control Guidelines: Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Accountancy S.A., February 1987.

Control and Audit of Computerised Accounting Systems. Lay and Still, Accountancy S.A., June 1987.

Auditing as Independent Authentication. P.W. Wolnizer, Accountancy S.A., April 1989.

The Management Control Function. Robert N. Anthony, Accountancy S.A., October 1990.

South African Business Entities: A Practical Guide. J.L. Van Dorsten, Accountancy S.A., 1991.


Conference papers - International

September 1984 – NIVRA (Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants) Symposium, Amsterdam: Computer Auditing and Risk Analysis.

March 1985: Institute of Internal Auditors, U.K., London: Specific Control and Audit Problems with Micro Computers.



Conference papers - Local

Has presented a number of papers locally to a variety of conferences.

Consulting Involvement

Has consulted with many companies/firms in the area of training methods, computer auditing, systems development, security reviews, systems and profitability. Companies include: M&R, SASOL, TEBA Ltd, Atcor, etc​

Contact Details

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  • BCom (Rhodes)
  • BCom (Hons) (Accounting and Auditing) (Rhodes)
  • MCom (RAU)
  • CA (SA) 
Fields of Interest
  • Finance
  • Accounting 
  • Governance
Professional Memberships
  • SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA) (SA)
  • ​UK Institute of Internal Auditors

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