Understanding IJV performance in a learning and conflict mediated context

Yong Suhk Pak, Wonchan Ra, Young Ryeol Park

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Determinants of international joint venture (IJV) performance are examined within the context of cross-border learning. Using a structural equation model, we test the multifaceted interactions among strategic goal congruency, national culture differences, learning and conflict. Cross-border learning is recognized as a kernel variable which is influenced by matching strategic motives, national culture differences, and conflicting relations, and which affects the performance of IJVs. In particular, we hypothesize that interpartner goal congruency and national culture differences have an indirect effect on IJV performance through cross-border learning and conflict; previous studies established their direct relationship. The test results show that congruent strategic motives and cultural similarity had a positive effect on cross-border learning, which was reinforced by learning capacity, and which in turn led to better performance. Conflicting relations between partners and heterogeneous cultural backgrounds were shown to discourage cross-border learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-480
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Business Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful to anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments. This research was supported by a research grant from the Yonsei Management Research Centre and by a research fund of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing


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