Dear All,

In preparing for our time together in Johannesburg,  I would like to share with you some preparatory work for your time with Lyal White (Monday and Tuesday).

Tuesday we will be visiting a number of organizations and individuals. The meetings at Hollard, Yellowwoods, Victoria Yards, and Nando’s will not only expose you to different business strategies and models, but also build on our understanding of creating shared value for business and society. The visit to Ponte City, which reflects the economic history of South Africa as a practical example, will help bolster our understanding of the history of South Africa and low income markets in urban areas, urban development, urbanisation and demographic trends in Africa.

A brief overview to the organizations and individuals we will be meeting can be found here.

Suggested online readings:

·      Ho, Ufrieda (2017). The new Maboneng? Trendsetters flock to suburbs around Jozi's CBD, Sunday Times.  

·      Kramer, Mark R., and Marc W. Pfitzer. "The Ecosystem of Shared Value." Harvard Business Review 94, no. 10 (October 2016): 80–89.

·      Porter, Michael E., and Mark R. Kramer. "Creating Shared Value." Harvard Business Review 89, nos. 1-2 (January–February 2011): 62–77.

·       Smith, David (2017). Johannesburg's Ponte City: 'the tallest and grandest urban slum in the world', The Guardian.

Suggested PDF readings:

·      White, L., & Kitimbo, A. (2017). The role of the private sector in Africa’s development. Johannesburg: The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

·      White, L., & Rees, L. (2017). Making Africa work through the right choices and doing them well. Johannesburg: GIBS

As time permits or as Post-Readings, Lyal also recommends:

·      GIBS Dynamic Market Index 2016, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, GIBS CDM Africa Bulletin, Issue 68, 28 April 28, 2017.

·      The long road: Making sense of euphoria and despair about emerging markets, The Economist

·      Transformation in Emerging Markets: From Growth to Competitiveness, BCG Perspectives

Should you have any questions or difficulty with the HBR articles, please do not hesitate to contact me.

See you soon, Pam