Organizational culture and partner interaction in the management of international joint ventures in India

Research paper by Fariborz Damanpour, Carlos Devece, Chao C. Chen, Vijay Pothukuchi

Indexed on: 23 Apr '10Published on: 23 Apr '10Published in: Asia Pacific Journal of Management


Different from previous research that focused on the formation phase of partnering processes in joint ventures, this study focuses on the post-formation phase and argues that partner interaction processes of communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution play a key role in the implementation and management of joint ventures. We examine how organizational culture differences (OCD) and integration acculturation strategy (IAS) affect international joint venture (IJV) performance through the mediation of partner interaction processes. We develop hypotheses and test them by survey data from 202 executives of IJVs in India. The results suggest that the interaction processes fully mediate the negative effect of OCD but partially mediate the positive effect of IAS on partners’ satisfaction with the joint venture performance. We discuss the implication of these findings for research and practice on post-formation management of IJVs.