n Meditari : Research Journal of the School of Accounting Sciences - An exploratory study of the focus areas of South African Top 40 company CFOs
|Article Title||An exploratory study of the focus areas of South African Top 40 company CFOs|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||Meditari : Research Journal of the School of Accounting Sciences|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||76 - 92|
|Keyword(s)||Chief financial officer, Citizenship and people's manager, Compliance and transaction officer, Corporate governance, Growth and innovation catalyst, Key focus areas, Planner and strategist, South African model of key focus areas of CFOs, Time utilisation, Top 40 CFOs and Traditional accountant's work|
The roles and responsibilities of the chief financial officer (hereafter CFO) have evolved dramatically over the past 10 years. This article explores this evolution from a South African perspective by, firstly, presenting an extensive literature review on the matter. Secondly, a unique South African model of the key focus areas for CFOs is proposed. Lastly, the results of a questionnaire administered to the CFOs of FTSE/JSE Top 40 companies are reported. The results revealed significant findings relating to the CFO's most important current and future role - that of planner and strategist. In addition, CFOs at the top of the corporate ladder expect to focus more on their role as a growth and innovation catalyst. This article also identifies three key areas for future research that will make an important contribution to the continued development of the educational framework for chartered accountants.
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