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Professor John Luiz

Professor at the GSB


PhD, MCom, BCom Hons

Areas of Expertise

International Business; Business in Africa; Business, Society, and Government Economics of Emerging Markets


Tel: +27 (0)21 -406-1444

John Luiz is a Professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited) specialising in International Business Strategy; Business, Society, and Government; and Emerging Markets (particularly their institutions and how MNEs operate within and impact these institutions). In addition, he is Director of International Relations responsible for amongst other things international accreditation and international strategy and partnerships, and has successfully taken the School through AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation. Previously he was a Professor at the Wits Business School and served in various capacities including as their Director of International Programmes and as Academic Director. He has also been Executive Dean in the Faculty of Management at the University of Johannesburg.

He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1999, 2006 and 2011, at the Università degli Studi di Macerata, Italy in 2015, a Senior Global Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, Germany in 2016, a Visiting Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago 2011-2013, and a Research Affiliate at Columbia University in 2006. Besides the Ph.D., John has completed various other programmes including the Cambridge Advanced Programme on Development Economics at Cambridge University, the Wharton Global Faculty Development Programme, and Strategic Management at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of various professional bodies and in 2014 became the President of the Economic Society of South Africa. He was also appointed by the South African Cabinet to the National South African Statistics Council. He is on the Editorial Board of several journals and a referee for over a dozen more.

Besides winning various teaching awards, John has published in excess of 100 publications including over 75 articles in leading journals such as: the Journal of International Business Studies; Journal of Business Ethics; Governance; The International Journal of Human Resource Management; International Business Review; Applied Economics; World Development; Oxford Economic Papers; Journal of Development Studies; Emerging Markets Finance and Trade; Telecommunications Policy; The International Review of Law and Economics; the Journal of International Development; and the Cambridge Journal of Economics. He is the co-author and/or editor of several books published by Macmillan, Pearson and Oxford University Press, over 20 book chapters, and the co-author of an award-winning case study on sustainable development. The National Research Foundation recognised John’s research and he has been rated since 2003. His current rating confirms him in the internationally acclaimed category.

John works as a consultant and has undertaken research for the African Development Bank in Tunisia, Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Department of Trade and Industry, the United States Agency for International Development, the Johannesburg Development Agency, and the Centre for Development and Enterprise, amongst others. He is active in management training and executive education at several leading multinational and South African corporations and public entities. He has lectured at various universities and programmes including the INSEAD My Globe Programme, the Grow Your Business programme and the Management Development Programme with Duke University, and programmes with Emory University; HEC Paris; Rotterdam School of Management; University of North Carolina; Thunderbird School of Global Management; United Nations System Staff College; Fundação Dom Cabral; IESE, Wharton Global CEO Program, Brown University and IE, Tias Nimbas, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Publications in peer reviewed journals

1.    John M. Luiz. 2015. The Impact of Ethno-Linguistic Fractionalization on Cultural Measures: Dynamics, Endogeneity, and Modernization. Journal of International Business Studies. 46, 1080–1098.
2.    David N. Davis and John M. Luiz. 2015. The devolution of the human resources function in South African multinational companies, The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 26(21): 2763–2785.
3.    Luiz. 2016. The political economy of middle-income traps: is South Africa in a long run growth trap? The path to ‘bounded populism’. South African Journal of Economics. 84(1): 3-19. Presidential address.
4.    Anne Morgenroth and John M. Luiz. 2016. Corporate Social Responsibility Mandates within German Multinational Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. European Journal of International Management. Forthcoming.
5.    Adonis, L., Paramanund, J., Basu, D., & Luiz, J. 2016. Framing preventive care messaging and cervical cancer screening in a health-insured population in South Africa: Implications for population-based communication? Journal of Health Psychology. Forthcoming.
6.    John M. Luiz and Busi Radebe. 2016. The strategic location of regional headquarters for multinationals in Africa: South Africa as a host country. E+M Economics and Management Journal. Forthcoming.
7.    Moosa, S., Luiz, J., Carmichael, T., Peersman, W., & Derese, A. (2016). Insights of private general practitioners in group practice on the introduction of National Health Insurance in South Africa. African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, 8(1), 1-6.
8.    Adonis L, Basu D, Luiz J. 2015. The Role of Prospect Theory in Screening Behavior Decision-Making in a Health-Insured Population of South Africa. Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy. 5(5): 1-6. doi: 10.4172/2161-0487.1000208
9.    John M. Luiz and Callum Stewart. 2014. Corruption, South African Multinational Enterprises and Institutions in Africa, Journal of Business Ethics. 124(3): 383-398. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1878-9.
10.    Luiz and Visser. 2014. Strategic and Architectural Dimensions of the Decision-Making Processes in South African Multinational Corporations. Journal of Management & Organization. 20(6): 832-850. doi:10.1017/jmo.2014.56.
11.    Luiz. Social compacts for long term inclusive economic growth in developing countries. Development in Practice, 24(2): 234-244, 2014.
12.    Luiz and Chetty. The experience of private investment in the South African water sector: The Mbombela Concession. Development Southern Africa. 31(4): 563–580, 2014.
13.    Leegale Adonis, Debashis Basu, and John Luiz. 2014. Predictors of Adherence to Screening Guidelines for Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle, Cancers, and HIV in a Health-Insured Population in South Africa. Global Health Action. 7: 1-8,
14.    Luiz and Ruplal. Foreign Direct Investment, Institutional Voids, and the Internationalization of Mining Companies into Africa. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade. July–August 2013, 49(4): 113-129.
15.    Luiz, J. M., Pereira, L. B. and Oliveira, G. (2013), Constructing Institutional Measures: Indicators of Political and Property Rights in Mozambique, 1900–2005. Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, 26(4): 677–692. doi: 10.1111/gove.12002
16.    Luiz. A Review of Social Welfare in sub-Saharan Africa: From the Colonial Legacy to the Millennium Development Goals. Economic Papers. 32(1): 110-121, 2013.
17.    Adonis, An, Luiz, Mehrotra, Patel, Basu, and Sturm. Provincial screening rates for chronic diseases of lifestyle, cancers and HIV in a health-insured population. South African Medical Journal. 103(5): 309-312, 2013.
18.    Luiz and Stephan. The Multinationalisation of South African Telecommunications Firms into Africa. Telecommunications Policy. 36(8): 621-635, 2012.
19.    Cline and Luiz. Information technology systems in public sector health facilities in developing countries: the case of South Africa. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 13(13): 1-12, 2013. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6947-13-13.
20.    Naudé and Luiz. An industry analysis of pharmaceutical production in South Africa. South African Journal of Business Management. 44(1): 33-46, 2013.
21.    Moosa, Luiz and Carmichael. Introducing a national health insurance system in South Africa: A general practitioner’s bottom-up approach to costing. South African Medical Journal. 102(10): 794-797, 2012.
22.    Lambert and Luiz. Passenger service quality expectations as perceived by long haul airline managers in South Africa. African Journal of Business Management. 5(29): 11662-11675, 2011.
23.    Chibba and Luiz. Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment in South Africa: Context, Issues and the Way Forward. Economic Papers. 30(3): 307-315, 2011.
24.    Luiz and Fadal. An Economic Analysis of Sports Performance in Africa. International Journal of Social Economics. 38(10): 869-883, 2011.
25.    Luiz and Mariotti. Perceptions Regarding Entrepreneurship in an Emerging and Culturally Diverse Economy: A South African Survey. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences. 14(1): 47-65, 2011.
26.    Luiz. Infrastructure Investment and its Performance in Africa over the Course of the Twentieth Century. International Journal of Social Economics. 37(7/8): 512-536, 2010.
27.    Beck and Luiz. The Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism and its Application in an Emerging Market: The Case of South Africa. International Journal of Energy, Environment and Economics. 19(3): 227-256, 2011.
28.    Luiz, Bowen, and Beswick. Woolworths SA: Making Sustainability Sustainable. Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies. 1(1): 1-21, 2011. DOI: 10.1108/20450621111113534
29.    Townsend, Luiz and Bick. MTN: One Group; One Vision; One Brand. Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies. 1(1): 1-17, 2011. DOI: 10.1108/20450621111126765
30.    Luiz et al. The State and Scope of the Economic History of Developing Regions. Economic History of Developing Regions. 25(1): 3-20, 2010.
31.    Luiz and Stobie. The Market for Equity Release Products: Lessons from the International Experience. Southern African Business Review. 14(2): 24-45, 2010.
32.    Luiz. Evaluating the Performance of South African Economics Departments. South African Journal of Economics. 77(4): 591-602, 2009.
33.    Luiz. Institutions and Economic Performance: Implications for African Development. Journal of International Development. 21: 58-72, 2009.
34.    Luiz and Charalambous. Factors Influencing Foreign Direct Investment of South African Financial Services Firms in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Business Review. 18: 305-317, 2009.
35.    Fedderke & Luiz. Does Human generate Social and Institutional Capital? Exploring Evidence from South African Time Series Data, 1917-2001. Oxford Economic Papers. 60: 649-682: 2008.
36.    Chaggan, Luiz, Mohapi, McIntyre & Martinson. The socio-economic impact of antiretroviral treatment on individuals in Soweto, South Africa. Health Sociology Review. 17(1): 95-105, 2008.
37.    Fedderke & Luiz. The Political Economy of Institutions, Stability and Investment: a simultaneous equation approach in an emerging economy – the case of South Africa. Journal of Development Studies. 44(7): 1056-1079, 2008.
38.    Luiz and Gaspari. The Indigenization of Business Ownership in an Emerging Market - Doing Business in South Africa. International Business and Economics Research Journal. 6(12): 73-90, 2007.
39.    Luiz and Muller. Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction under the Kyoto Protocol: The South African Example. International Business and Economics Research Journal. 7(1): 75-92, 2008.
40.    Fedderke. Luiz & de Kadt. Using Fractionalization Indexes: deriving methodological principles for growth studies from time series evidence. Social Indicators Research. 85: 257-278, 2008.
41.    Fedderke & Luiz. Fractionalization and Long–Run Economic Growth: Webs and Direction of Association Between the Economic and the Social - South Africa as a Time Series Case Study. Applied Economics. 39 (8): 1037-1052, 2007.
42.    Luiz. The New Partnership for African Development: Africa’s Response to its Underdevelopment. Journal of International Development. 18: 223-236, 2006.
43.    Luiz. The Wealth of Some and the Poverty of Sub Saharan Africa. International Journal of Social Economics. 33(9): 625-648, 2006.
44.    Hurwitz & Luiz. Understanding Working Class Credit and Over-Indebtedness in South Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies. 33(1): 107-131, 2007.
45.    Fedderke, Perkins & Luiz. Infrastructural Investment in Long-run Economic Growth: Phasing, Directions of Association, and Why the Need Never Goes Away, South Africa 1875-2001. World Development. 34(6): 1037-1059, 2006.
46.    Perkins, Fedderke & Luiz. An Analysis of Economic Infrastructure Investment in South Africa. South African Journal of Economics. 73(2): 211-228, 2005.
47.    Luiz. The State of Economics at South African Universities. South African Journal of Economics. 72(1): 187-206, 2004.
48.    Luiz and Wessels. Changes in the Provision of Health Care in South Africa.  South African Journal of Business Management. 35(3): 1-11, 2004.
49.    Luiz. The Relevance, Practicality and Viability of Spatial Development Initiatives: A South African Case Study. Public Administration and Development. 23: 433-443, 2003.
50.    Fedderke, de Kadt & Luiz. Capstone or deadweight? Inefficiency, duplication and inequity in South Africa's tertiary education system, 1910-93. Cambridge Journal of Economics. 27: 377-400, 2003.
51.    Wessels & Luiz. The Future of the South African Retail Pharmacy Industry in the Light of International Experience and the Changing Healthcare Market. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences. 6(3): 612-626, 2003.
52.    Fedderke & Luiz. Production of Educational Output: Time-Series Evidence from Socio-economically Heterogeneous Populations – the Case of South Africa, 1927-1993. Economic Development and Cultural Change. 51(1): 161-188, 2002.
53.    Luiz. South African state capacity and post-apartheid reconstruction. International Journal of Social Economics. 29(8): 594-614, 2002.
54.    Luiz. Small Business Development, Entrepreneurship and Expanding the Business Sector in a Developing Economy: The Case of South Africa. Journal of Applied Business Research. 18(2): 53-68, 2002.
55.    Luiz. Johannesburg: The Economics of Urban Regeneration in Africa’s Financial Capital. Africa Insight. 32(4): 36-45, 2002.
56.    Fedderke, de Kadt & Luiz. Indicators of political liberty, property rights and political instability in South Africa: 1935-97. International Review of Law and Economics. 21: 103-134, 2001.
57.    Luiz. Temporal Association, the Dynamics of Crime, and their Economic Determinants: A Time Series Econometric Model of South Africa. Social Indicators Research. 53: 33-61, 2001.
58.    Fedderke, de Kadt & Luiz. Growth and Institutions: A study of the link between political institutions and economic growth in South Africa – a time series study: 1935-97. Journal for the Study of Economics and Econometrics. 25(1): 1-26, 2001.
59.    Luiz. The politics of state, society and economy. International Journal of Social Economics. 27(3), 227-244, 2000. (This article received the Highly Commended Award for 2001 by the Editorial Board.)
60.    Fedderke, de Kadt & Luiz. Uneducating South Africa: Government Policy and the failure to address human capital a 1910-1993 legacy. International Review of Education. 46(3/4): 257-281, 2000.
61.    Luiz. The evolution and fall of the South African apartheid state: a political economy perspective. UFAHAMU: Journal of the African Activist Society. 26(2/3): 49-72, 2000.
62.    Fedderke, de Kadt & Luiz. Growth and social capital: A critical reflection. Theory and Society. 28: 709-745, 1999.
63.    Luiz. The State and Industrialisation in Korea and Brazil. South African Journal of Economics. 67(2): 195-225, 1999.
64.    Luiz & Roets. Sex work, STDs and the law in South Africa: The state as pimp. Journal of Contemporary African Studies. 18(1): 21-38, 2000.
65.    Luiz & vd Waal. The labour impact of regional industrial development. South African Journal of Labour Relations. 22(2/3): 59-72, 1998.
66.    Luiz. The political economy of Zaire: The case of a predatory state. Africa Insight. 27(4): 247-253, 1997.
67.    Luiz. The socio-economic restructuring of a post-apartheid South Africa. International Journal of Social Economics. 23(10/11): 137-149, 1996.
68.    Luiz & vd Waal. Re-evaluating South Africa's Regional Industrial Development Programme. Urban Forum. 8(1): 61-82, 1997.
69.    Luiz. State, society and market: A review. South African Journal of Economics. 65(3): 426-432, 1997.
70.    Luiz & Roets. The Aids threat in South Africa: What lies ahead? Africa Insight. 25(1): 31-37, 1995.
71.    Luiz. The role and transformation of social security in South Africa. Development Southern Africa. 12(4): 579-594, 1995.
72.    Luiz. Welfare state principles for the reconstruction of South Africa's welfare policy. Social Work. 30(4): 327-335, 1994.
73.    Luiz. Constraints facing the socio-economic transformation of South Africa. Africa Insight. 24(4): 230-236, 1994.
74.    Luiz. Health care in the new South Africa: Surveying the more radical options. Africa Insight. 24(2): 127-132, 1994.
75.    Luiz. The economics of future education in South Africa. Economics. 9(1): 8-14, 1995.
76.    Luiz. A basic needs approach to poverty and redistribution in South Africa. Economics. 8(1): 13-17, 1994.

Books and book chapters

1.    Luiz. 2016. The missing social contract for economic development in South Africa. In Plaatjies,D. et al. (eds.) State of the Nation. Cape Town: HSRC Press. pp 205-219. ISBN 9780796925138.
2.    Parker and Luiz. 2015. Designing Supply Chains Into Africa: A South African Retailer’s Experience. In Piotrowicz and Cuthbertson (eds.) Designing Supply Chains in Emerging Economies; Lessons from four continents. Springer Publishers: pp 65-85. ISBN 978-3-319-05764-4.
3.    John Luiz, Stephanie Townsend and Claire Beswick. 2015. Game in Africa: Seizing the Opportunity. In Ifedapo Adeleye, Kevin Ibeh, Abel Kinoti, and Lyal White (eds.). The Changing Dynamics of International Business in Africa. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: pp 242-261. ISBN 978-1-137-51652-7
4.    Luiz. 2013. Economic Governance, Markets and Public Accountability: A Freedom Constraint. In Plaatjies,D. (ed.) Protecting the Inheritance: Governance and Public Accountability in Democratic South Africa. Jacana: pp106-122. ISBN: 978-1-4314-03318.
5.    Luiz. 2011. State Models, Capacity and Economic Policy in Modern South Africa. In Plaatjies,D. (ed.) Future Inheritance: Building State Capacity in Democratic South Africa. Jacana. 978-1-4314-01017.
6.    Beck and Luiz. 2011. South African Business Opportunities under the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism. In Daniels,J.A. (ed.) Advances in Environmental Research. Volume 10. New York: Nova Publishers, 2011. ISBN: 9781617618956.
7.    Aregbeshola, Luiz et al. Luiz. Global Business: Environments and Strategies. 4th ed. Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN9780195997705.
8.    Luiz. The Global Political, Legal and Technological Environment. Global Business: Environments and Strategies. Oxford University Press, 2011: pp27-51. ISBN9780195997705.
9.    Luiz. Business in Emerging Markets: The Case of Africa. Global Business: Environments and Strategies. Oxford University Press, 2011: pp347-372. ISBN9780195997705.
10.    Luiz. 2011. Woolworths SA: Making Sustainability Sustainable. In Daniels,J.D., Radebaugh,L.H. and Sullivan,D.P. International Business: Environments and Operations. 13th ed.  Pearson. ISBN: 0135119952.
11.    Luiz. 2012. Game: Competing in Africa’s Playing Fields. In Wild,J. And Wild,K. International Business. 6th ed. Pearson. ISBN: 9780273752578.
12.    Luiz, Goldberg, and Elliott. 2011. Inclusive Business in Africa. In Elliot,L.E. Sieper,H. and Ekpott,N. Redefining Business in the New Africa: Shifting Strategies to be Successful. Charlotte: Conceptualee, Inc. Chpt 11: pp113-123.
13.    Luiz. 2008. Economic perspectives of entrepreneurship. In Urban,B. (ed) Frontiers in Entrepreneurship: A Research Companion. Heinemann Publishers: 63-84. ISBN 9780796225917.
14.    Fedderke, Luiz and De Kadt. 2008. Fractionalization Indexes and Economic Growth: Longitudinal Evidence from South Africa. Chapter in Deshpande,A. (ed.) Globalization and Development: A Handbook of New Perspectives. Oxford University Press.
15.    Luiz (ed) 2006. Managing Business in Africa: Practical Management Theory for an Emerging Market. Oxford University Press.
16.    Luiz. 2006. Challenges and Prospects for Economic and Business Development in Africa. Chapter in Managing Business in Africa. Oxford University Press.
17.    Luiz. 2006. Mastering the Environment of Business in Africa. Chapter in Managing Business in Africa. Oxford University Press.
18.    Luiz, Mangondo and Serfontein. 2005. Economics for all. Macmillan.
19.    Cameron,S. and Luiz,J. 2004. The Management Handbook. 4th ed. Harlow: Pearson Prentice Hall. An adaptation of Cameron.


1.    Murray and Luiz. 2007. South Africa: The Battle for Social and Economic Policy. Wits Business School Case Centre and European Case Clearing House.
2.    Townsend, Luiz and Bick. 2006. MTN: One Group; One Vision; One Brand. In Managing Business in Africa. Oxford University Press. Also available as a case from the Wits Business School Case Centre and European Case Clearing House.
3.    Gordon-Brown and Luiz. 2006. Eve Smith: Case Novice. Wits Business School Case Centre and European Case Clearing House.
4.    Alsfine and Luiz. Pick n Pay: Changing its Environmental Footprint. Wits Business School Case Centre and European Case Clearing House. 2008.
5.    Bowen and Luiz. Woolworths SA: Making Sustainability Sustainable. Wits Business School Case Centre and European Case Clearing House. 2009. Winner of the 2011 AABS/Emerald Case Competition.
6.    Townsend and Luiz. Game: Competing in Africa’s Playing Fields. Wits Business School Case Centre and European Case Clearing House. 2010.
7.    Metton and Luiz. Phodiclinics’ Acquisition of New Protector: Increasing Concentration? Wits Business School Case Centre and European Case Clearing House. 2010.
8.    Metton and Luiz. Competition Commission vs South African Airways (2005) Wits Business School Case Centre and European Case Clearing House. 2010.
9.    Metton and Luiz. Competition Commission: 1999-2009. Wits Business School Case Centre and European Case Clearing House. 2010.