John Ward

John Ward is Professor of Strategic Information Systems at Cranfield University, School of Management (UK). Cranfield is a postgraduate university with an international reputation in the fields of engineering, aerospace, and manufacturing technology. Its School of Management is one of Europe's leading business schools. Mr. Ward's main interests are the strategic uses of IS/IT, the integration of IS/IT strategies with business strategies, the development of organizational IS capabilities, and the management of IS/IT investments. He was Director of the IS Research Centre at Cranfield from 1993 to 2005. He has published many papers in leading journals, including California Management Review and MIS Quarterly Executive and is coauthor of the books Strategic Planning for Information Systems and Benefits Management: Delivering Value from IS & IT Investments. Prior to joining Cranfield, he worked in industry for 15 years at IBM and Kodak, and he now acts as a consultant to a number of major international organizations. He has a master's degree in natural sciences from Cambridge, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and is a past President of the UK Academy for Information Systems. He can be reached at