Louis T. Wells

Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Emeritus

Professor Louis T. Wells is the Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management at the Harvard Business School. He has served as consultant to governments of a number of developing countries, as well as to international organizations and private firms. His principal consulting activities have been concerned with foreign investment policy and with negotiations between foreign investors and host governments.

His research interests include multinational enterprises; international business-government relations; foreign investment in developing countries; and foreign investment by firms from developing countries. He was the Coordinator for Indonesia Projects, Harvard Institute for International Development, Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1994-5. His associations include: Fellow -Academy of International Business, member - Foreign Advisory Board - Lahore Business School, and member - Council on Foreign Relations.

Professor Wells received a BS in Physics from Georgia Tech and his MBA and DBA from the Harvard Business School.

  1. Foreign investment in large projects in the Third World

    Professor Wells is examining the reasons for instability in foreign investment in infrastructure and other large projects in the Third World, why outcomes differ in different projects, and the tension between the need on the part of investors for credible commitments with respect to property rights and the need on the part of host countries for some flexibility in contract terms.