Date of Conferral



Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Lisa A. Cave


AbstractSub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries experienced successive declines in foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in the textile and apparel manufacturing sector because of a range of macro and micro factors. Leaders of textile and garment organizations who fail to increase FDI are at risk of failure. Grounded in eclectic theory (OLI paradigm), the purpose of this qualitative single case study was to explore strategies leaders of textile and garment organizations use to increase FDI for enabling business profitability and growth. The participants comprised four senior leaders from one textile and garment organization in Hawassa, Ethiopia, who effectively implemented strategies to increase FDI for business profitability and growth. Data were collected from semistructured interviews, company documents, the Ethiopian Investment Commission, and World Bank published reports. Yin’s five-step data analysis process was used to analyze the data. Three themes emerged: geographic location, resources market, and product market. A key recommendation is for leaders of textile and garment organizations to complete a thorough geographic host-country-specific investment risk analysis. The implications for positive social change include the potential to promote sustainability, create employment opportunities, and enhance infrastructures in the host country.