Larson in Nigeria (Revised)

Author :

Paul W. Beamish, Isaiah A. Litvak , Harry Cheung

Pages :

7

Product Type :

Case

Reference # :

9B04M012

Teaching Note :

8A95G08

Institute:

Ivey Publishing

Setting:

Africa, Large

Year:

2003

Keywords:

Subsidiaries; Third World; Government Regulation; Staffing, General Management/Strategy, International, Manufacturing

Summary/Abstract:

The vice-president of international operations must decide whether to continue to operate or abandon the company's Nigerian joint venture. Although the expatriate general manager of the Nigerian operation has delivered a very pessimistic report, Larson's own hunch was to stay in that country. Maintaining the operation was complicated by problems in staffing, complying with a promise to increase the share of local ownership, a joint venture partner with divergent views, and increasing costs of doing business in Nigeria. If Larson decides to maintain the existing operation, the issues of increasing local equity participation (i.e. coping with indigenization) and staffing problems (especially in terms of the joint venture general manager) have to be addressed.