Professor John Luiz


AREAS OF EXPERTISE: International Business; Business in Africa; Business, Society, and Government Economics of Emerging Markets



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.




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