Graduate School of Business
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
foreign direct investment, absorptive capacity, political leaders’ growth
Uadiale, Sylvester, "African Political Leaders' Uneven Policies, Anemic Economic Growth, and Absorptive Market Demand for Foreign Direct Investment" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3880.
This dissertation research paper summarizes the pertinent literature on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in emerging economies. It focuses on the impact of FDI on host economies, political leaders’ uneven policies, and absorptive market demand implications arising from this (potential) impact. The beneficial effects of FDI on emerging economies provide capital and finished products, materials, parts, generation of tax revenues, higher exports, and access to new technology. These benefits are more than ever a necessity for some Sub-Saharan African countries on the path of economic growth. However, the approach toward economic development comes with uncertainties. The purpose of this flexible design single case study is to add to and expand the understanding of the reasons behind African political leaders' uneven policies in providing absorptive market demand for the consumer goods industry and its effect on economic growth. The literature review presents other perspectives that inhibit the studied participants of this research study, such as elements that embolden political leaders’ inaction, empirical theories, and anticipated discovered themes that impact economic growth in the selected participant countries in this research study.