Supplement | HBS Case Collection | June 2012 (Revised May 2013)

Foreign Direct Investment and South Africa (B)

by Eric Werker and Ian McKown Cornell

Abstract

Incoming and outgoing foreign direct investment in an environment of politics, geography, globalization, and history. Updates the 2006 case to 2012. The subsequent six years only reinforce the message of the original case. Since the end of apartheid, South Africa had undertaken substantial economic reforms in order to attract more foreign direct investment, but it was slow in coming. At the same time, South African firms had become major players in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Collectively, these investment decisions could have a major long-run impact on South Africa's economic growth and political stability. South African policymakers needed to decide what they wanted from the private sector, and how to achieve it.

Keywords: global business; developing countries; foreign direct investment; business government relations; South Africa;

Citation:

Werker, Eric, and Ian McKown Cornell. "Foreign Direct Investment and South Africa (B) ." Harvard Business School Supplement 712-054, June 2012. (Revised May 2013.)