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From gain-sharing to gain-generation: The quest for distributive justice in international joint ventures

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  • Luo, Yadong
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    This research investigates how distributive justice (DJ) affects cooperation-related outcomes in international joint ventures (IJVs) through several routes that intersect with reciprocal commitment, organizational attachment and contractual specification. Grounded in the convergent insights of IJV theory and justice theory, this study argues that DJ improves IJV performance through enhanced mutual commitment and interparty attachment, as well as through DJ's complementary role with IJV contract. The findings extend previous research by demonstrating that (1) DJ is an important variable affecting IJV stability via the mediation of interorganizational attachment and (2) DJ and IJV contract function as complements rather than substitutes in governing cooperation and improving IJV profitability and stability.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of International Management.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 343-356

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    Keywords: Distributive justice Cooperation International joint venture;

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