Prof Lyal White

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Professor Lyal White
Prof Lyal White
Profile

Prof. Lyal White is the founding director of the Centre for Dynamic Markets (CDM) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, where he is an Associate Professor in International Business focusing on political economy and strategy in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Prof. White is widely published in news media, academic journals and books, most recently as co-editor of "The Changing Dynamics of International Business in Africa" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), "Africa-to-Africa Internationalisation" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016) and chapter contributor of "Africans Investing in Africa" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He has worked in a range of sectors covering themes from investment rationale, strategy, competitiveness and general management in Dynamic Markets to reform, growth and development, and comparative politics in Africa and Latin America. He is also coordinating research and dialogue geared toward improving Africa's political and commercial relations with Latin America and understanding the role of new players in Africa and the world.

 

Comparative political economy and strategic thinking in the context of International Business in Africa and Latin America are his principal areas of focus. Related to this, a key area of interest lies in understanding the exciting but complex environment of business in Dynamic Markets, and what is required by firms and individuals to improve their competitive performance in new markets. Through the lens of institutions and how institutional evolution underpins economic performance, Prof. White has developed the Dynamic Market Index (DMI), which measures and compares institutional progress and performance in markets across the globe. His research and writing emphasises contextually-driven strategy, which is evident in the many academic and executive programmes he runs, not to mention his advisory work.


Prof. White has lived and worked in South Africa, Rwanda, Argentina, Colombia, Morocco and the US, and is associated with a number of institutions across the globe. He has also taught at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, Science Po – Bordeaux, France, and at the Kelly School of Business - Indiana University. Prof. White lectures regularly at CEDEP in Fontainebleau, France, Strathmore Business School in Kenya, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American studies (CLAS) at UC Berkeley in the US.

Prof. White is committed to enhancing cultural understanding between countries and building commercial and political ties between Africa and the world. He is of the firm belief that strong institutional and cultural understanding will help harness development and long-term prosperity for the masses in these dynamic regions.

Responsibilities

 

As Director for the CDM he drives research, learning and networks in Dynamic Markets at GIBS. He also heads up the CDM Africa office in Nairobi geared to grow the GIBS footprint in Africa. 


Prof. White has a vast experience in 'on-the-ground' research and advices on strategy, political economy, policy and general business practice in new markets – especially in Africa and Latin America. To this end, he has championed a diversity of initiatives and publications, and worked with a wide range of clients in various countries seeking fresh opportunities, requiring him to manage complex administrative and cultural issues, deeply conscious of the social and political dimensions (and implications) in the execution of the many projects and tasks he oversees.

Published Research


Journal articles


White, L., & Van Dongen, K. (in press). Internationalisation of South African retail firms in selected African countries. Journal of African Business.


White, L., Kitimbo, A., & Rees, L. (in press). Entry strategies in Africa: the role of institutions and culture for South African MNEs. Africa Journal of Management.

Saville, A., & White, L. (2016). Bringing Pankaj Ghemawat to Africa: Measuring African economic integration. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 19(1), 82-102. doi: 10.17159/2222-3436/2016/v19n1a6


Saville, A. D., & White, L. (2015). Ensuring that Africa keeps rising: The economic integration imperative. South African Journal of International Affairs, 22(1), 1-21.


White, L. (2013). Emerging powers in Africa: Is Brazil any different? South African Journal of International Affairs, 20(1), 117-136.


Agarwal, M., Besada, H., & White, L. (2010). Social challenges and progress in IBSA. South African Journal of International Affairs, 17(3), 333-360. 


White, L. (2010). Understanding Brazil's new drive for Africa. South African Journal of International Affairs, 17(2), 221-242.


White, L. (2008). Chile braves new frontiers. Trade Winds, 2(1), 26-27.


White, L. (2006). [Review of the book Freakonomics: A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything by S. Levitt & S. Dubner]. South African Journal of International Affairs, 13(1), 186-188.


White, L., & Alves, P. (2006). China in Africa: A relationship of (un)equals in the developing world. South African Journal of International Affairs, 13(1), 55-62. 


White, L. (2005). Taiwan's success and its challenges for the future. South African Journal of International Affairs, 12(2), 157-166.


White, L. (2004). South Atlantic relations: From bilateral trade relations to multilateral coalition building. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 17(3), 523-537.


White, L. (2003). Argentina looks at reviving past glories: UCLAS report. Unisa Latin American Report, 19(2), 59-60.White, L. (2003). Latin lessons for South Africa: Growing pains: UCLAS report. Unisa Latin American Report, 19(2), 57-58. 


White, L. (2002). The Brazilian model for SMME development is ideal for SA. He'atid Journal, (December). 


Mills, G., & White, L. (2007). Killing Pablo's image: Security and State‐Building in Colombia. The RUSI Journal, 152(1), 61-67.


White, L. (2002). It's a long way to Mercosur. Unisa Latin American Report, 18(2), 24-34.


White, L. (2002). SA‐EU‐Chile: Pioneers in North‐South relations. South African Journal of International Affairs, 9(2), 159-167.



Books


Adeleye, I., Ibeh, K., Kinoti, A., & White, L. (Eds.) (2015). The changing dynamics of international business in Africa. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters


White, L. & Kitimbo, A. (in press). Good African coffee: Adding value and driving community development in Uganda. In Africapitalism: Rethinking the role of business in Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


White, L., & Kitimbo, A. (2016). The role of the private sector in Africa’s development. In M. Qobo &J. Hofmeyr (Eds.), Transformation audit 2016: Opportunity for change (pp23-37). Cape Towm: Institutte for Justice and Reconciliation.

Rees, L., & White, L. (2016) Ethiopia bucking the trend of slower growth in Africa. In Nepad Business Foundation, NEPAD Year Book 2016 (pp. 140-141). Johannesburg: Contact Media & Communications.

 

White, L., & Kitimbo, A. (2016). How African countries measure up. In Nepad Business Foundation, NEPAD Year Book 2016 (pp. 146-147). Johannesburg: Contact Media & Communications.


Sutherland, M., White, L., & Nupen, S. (2015). Vale in Mozambique. In I. Adeleye, K. Ibeh, A. Kinoti & L. White (Eds.), The changing dynamics of international business in Africa (pp. 188-204). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.


White, L., Games, D., & Cooper, D. (2015). Tata: An Indian Multinational's Africa journey. In I. Adeleye, K. Ibeh, A. Kinoti & L. White (Eds.), The changing dynamics of international business in Africa (pp. 171-187). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.


Freitas, A., & White, L. (2015). Brazillian firms in Africa: What makes them different? In I. Adeleye, K. Ibeh, A. Kinoti & L. White (Eds.), The changing dynamics of international business in Africa (pp. 76-97). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Adeleye, I., White, L., Ibeh, K., & Kinoti, A. (2015). The changing dynamics of international business in Africa: Emerging trends and key issues. In I. Adeleye, K. Ibeh, A. Kinoti & L. White (Eds.), The changing dynamics of international business in Africa (pp. 1-12). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 

White, L. (2015). The case of cement. In T. McNamee, M. Pearson & W. Boer  (Eds.), Africans investing in Africa: understanding business and trade, sector by sector (pp. 124-146). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
 

White, L. (2013). The new world of dynamic markets. In S. Bluen (Ed.), Talent management in emerging markets (pp. 14-28). Johannesburg: Knowledge Resources Publishing.


White, L. (2012). Africa: The West and the rest. In D. Games (Ed.), Business in Africa: Corporate insights. London: Penguin.


White, L. (2012). South Africa: The home of global champions. In M. Makura (Ed.), Going global. Johannesburg: MME Media.

White, L., & Usengumukiza, F. (2010). New membership in the EAC: Rwanda's key to economic survival. In R. Ajulu (Ed.), A region in transition: Towards a new integration agenda in East Africa. Midrand, SA: Institute for Global Dialogue.


White, L. (2008). Relacoes do atlantico sul: ZOPACAS, SACU-Mercosur e outras. In M. Wiesebron, & M. Griffiths (Eds.), Processos de integracao regional e cooperacao intercontinental desde 1989. Rio Grande Do Sul: UFRGS.


White, L. (2007). IBSA: El estado del arte. In J. Tokatlian (Ed.), India, Brasil y Sudáfrica: El impacto de las nuevas potencias regionales . Buenos Aires: Zorzal.


White, L. (2006). IBSA: A stock-take of south-south co-operation and a glimpse of the road ahead. South African yearbook of international affairs, 2005. Midrand, SA: SAIIA. 

White, L. (2006). South Africa in the post-apartheid era: Converging foreign policy and trade strategy priorities to meet the challenges of economic growth and equity. In F. Villares (Ed.), India, Brazil and South Africa: Perspectives and alliances, Sao Paulo (pp. 134-196). Sao Paolo: IEEI.

White, L., & Mills, G. (2004). Comparative security arrangements in the Americas, Asia, and the gulf. In S. L. Field (Ed.), Peace in Africa: Towards a collaborative security regime. Midrand, SA: Institute of Global Dialogue. 

White, L., & Skidmore, N. (2004). The metamorphosis of the butterfly: From south-south trade strategy to trilateral coalition building. In South African yearbook of international affairs, 2003/04. Midrand, SA: SAIIA.

White, L. (2004). The free trade area of the Americas: A Latin American perspective. South African yearbook of international affairs, 2003/04. Midrand, SA: SAIIA.

White, L. (2004). South Africa and Latin America. In E. Sidiropoulos (Ed.), South Africa's foreign policy 1994-2004 apartheid past, renaissance future. Midrand, South Africa: SAIIA.


White, L. (2003). Brazil, South Africa and china: Tripartite co-operation in the developing world. The South African yearbook of international affairs, 2002/03. Midrand, SA: SAIIA.


White, L. (2003). South Africa's positive economic performance. In South African Institute of International Affairs (Ed.), The South African yearbook of international affairs, 2002/03. Midrand, SA: SAIIA.

White, L., & Mills, G. (2003). Towards an Appropriate Foreign representative structure for SA. The South African yearbook of international affairs, 2002/03. Midrand, SA: SAIIA.



Case studies


Cooper, D., Games, D., & White, L. (2014). Tata: An Indian multinational's Africa journey (Case Study No. G-CS-37-14). Johannesburg: GIBS.

White, L., & Verachia, A. (2013). Cafe Alto: Cornering the coffee market in India (Case Study No. G-CS-26-13). Johannesburg: GIBS.

White, L., Sutherland, M., & Nupen, S. (2013). Institutions and strategy in dynamic markets: Vale in Mozambique (Case Study No. G-CS-25-13). Johannesburg: GIBS.



Conference papers


Boso, N., Adeleye, I., & White, L.  (2016). Africa-to-Africa internationalization: Emerging trends and key issues. In A. Adeleye, l.  White, & N. Boso (Eds), Africa-to-Africa internationalization: Key issues and outcomes (pp. 35-65). London: Palgrave Macmillan.


White, L., & Kitimbo, A. (2015, March). Trade costs in Rwanda: A political economy perspective. Paper presented at the Common Wealth Secretariate Seminar.


White, L., & Brown, L. (2014). Dynamic markets: Advancing the notion of emerging markets through an emperical measure of institutions. Paper presented at the International Studies Association Emerging Markets Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Le, Pere, G., & White, L. (2009). Bilateral relations with Argentina: A trade and investment perspective from South Africa. In G. le Pere, & L. White (Eds.), Strengthening the bilateral: Proceedings of the 1st Academic Seminar on Bilateral Relations between Argentina and South Africa (pp. 49-58). Retrieved from http://www.igd.org.za/jdownloads/IGD%20Reports/argentina_and_sa_composite.pdf


Edited Books



Adeleye, A., White, L., & Boso, N. (2016). Africa-to-Africa internationalization: Key issues and outcomes. London: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-30692-6

Adeleye, I., Ibeh, K., Kinoti, A., & White, L. (Eds.). (2015). The changing dynamics of international business in Africa. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.


Le Pere, G., & White, L. (Eds.). (2009). Strengthening the bilateral: Proceedings of the 1st Academic Seminar on Bilateral Relations between Argentina and South Africa. Midrand, SA: Institute for Global Dialogue.


White, L. (Ed.). (2006). Is there an economic orthodoxy? Growth and reform in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Midrand, SA: SAIIA.


White, L. (Ed.). (2005). Doing business in Latin America. Midrand, SA: SAIIA. 



Other


Saville, A., & Brown, L. (2014). The GIBS Dynamic Market Index. Johannesburg: Gordon Institute of Business Science.

​White, L. (2013). Made in South Africa: Building business in China. Acumen, (6), 66-65.

White, L. (2012). The business of rising Brazil.  Acumen, (1), 42-43.

White, L., & Cyro Costa, T. (2009, November). Biofuel technology transfer in IBSA: Lessons for South Africa and Brazil. SAIIA Policy Brief 7, 1-4.

White, L. (2009, November). IBSA six years on: Cooperation in a new global order. SAIIA Policy Brief 8, 1-4.

White, L. (2009). Investment promotion in Chile and Costa Rica (Discussion Paper 6/2009). Johannesburg: The Brenthurst Foundation.

Dabhi, M., McNamee, T., Mills, G., & Spicer, M. (2009).  Getting into the race: Morocco's lessons from diversification (Occasional Paper No. 6). Johannesburg: Business Leadership South.

White, L. (2008). Capitalising on natural potential: Tourism in Costa Rica and Colombia, and lessons for Africa (Discussion Paper 2/2008). Johannesburg: The Brenthurst Foundation.

White, L., & Henning, M. (2008, October). Reforming for competitiveness: Chile. Johannesburg: The Brenthurst Foundation.

White, L. (2005). El Gran Exito: The Chilean success story (Global Best Practice, Report No 3).  Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs.

White, L. (2005). Small business: The case of Brazil (Global Best Practice, Report No 5).  Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs.

White, L. (2003). Driving SACU - Mercosur: Trans-Atlantic co-operation in the automotive industry (SAIIA Report No. 34). Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs.

White, L. (2002). South Africa-Mercosur: Long process, little progress (SAIIA Report No 23). Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs.

White, L. (2006, October). A symphony of development through trade in the Americas. Retrieved from http://clasarchive.berkeley.edu/Events/fall2006/10-02-06-tradepanel/index.html

White, L., & Sidiropoulos, E. (2005). International politics 2004 [SA Encyclopaedia].

White, L., & Sidiropoulos, E. (2002). Teetering on the brink: The world in 2002 [SA Encyclopaedia].

Consulting Involvement

Prof White conducts a range of advisory and consulting services for both the private sector and government departments/agencies geared toward their strategy and engagement with Africa, Asia and Latin American economies.

Significant Achievements

Prof White was nominated to be a visiting PhD candidate from UCT to UC Berkeley in 2006, where he was also a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). He has also been nominated for a number of Research Fellowships to China, Taiwan (two separate nomination in 2004-2006) and most recently for the SAFe Think Fellowship to France. Dr White was a judge for the CNBC African Business leader of the year awards 2013.

Contact Details

Tel : +27 (0) 11 771 4211

Email : ​whitel@gibs.co.za

Qualifications
  • BCom (US)
  • MA (International relations) (cum laude) (US)
  • PhD (Political Studies) (UCT)
Fields of Interest
  • Political economy
  • Latin American studies
  • African studies
  • Strategy and decision-making
  • Development studies
Professional Memberships
  • SAIIA​
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