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Resolving post-formation challenges in shared IJVs: The impact of shared IJV structure on inter-partner relationships

Research paper by Martin Owens, Elaine Ramsey; Sharon Loane

Indexed on: 17 Dec '17Published on: 12 Dec '17Published in: International Business Review



Abstract

Publication date: Available online 26 November 2017 Source:International Business Review Author(s): Martin Owens, Elaine Ramsey, Sharon Loane The “50/50”, or the shared management international joint venture (shared IJV) remains a popular and yet challenging control structure to govern IJVs. The purpose of this study is to understand the post-formation management of shared IJVs, specifically the relationship between shared structure, relational conditions and management of post-formation challenges. Our evidence is based on 26 in-depth interviews across four cases of shared IJVs between British multinationals and Asian companies. Our findings indicate that the highly integrative nature of shared IJVs, including high operational interdependence and shared decision-making, encourages partners to work closely together, communicate frequently and intensely and exchange personnel. Although share management can lead to inter-partner conflicts, the equal investment and mutual responsibility partly provides partners with motivation and opportunities to learn about each other, to better implement the control structure, to build trust, and to commit to the venture and partner. These relational conditions facilitated the successful management of post-formation challenges such as diversity related conflicts and macro volatility.