International joint ventures: partnering skills and cross cultural issues

Hasan, Rumy, Buckley, P J and Glaister, K W (2002) International joint ventures: partnering skills and cross cultural issues. Long Range Planning, 35, No. pp. 113-134.

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Cooperative activity has become an important element of strategic behaviour and, with increasing globalisation, many alliances are being formed across national boundaries, with the attendant challenges of surmounting linguistic and other cultural barriers. This article provides new perspectives on the partnering skills needed for success in such international joint ventures (IJVs). Based on the analysis of 60 personal interviews from a sample of 20 Anglo-European JVs, four categories of skills are analysed: inter-partner skills, managing the IJV managers, the 'upward management' skills of IJV managers managing the 'parent' partners, and those of managing the IJV itself. The article presents a matrix to examine the four categories of skill in the context in which each are used. Serving both as an analytical device and a diagnostic tool, this matrix offers results that have important implications for the management of IJVs with regard to the selection and training of managers and the inculcation of the skills required for each level of operation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Depositing User: Rumy Hasan
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:41
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2012 08:51
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