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Managing relationships within sino-foreign joint ventures

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  • Hoon-Halbauer, Sing Keow
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    In setting up joint ventures (JVs) in the PRC, foreign staff are compelled to go through a painful management process. This includes encountering a myriad of problems and difficulties, ranging from external environmental problems to internal organizational conflicts of interest. Based on an empirical study of two leading JV pioneers in China, Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Company Ltd. (SVW) and Beijing Jeep Corp. (BJC), this article suggests that the problems encountered are, in most cases, attributable to managerial relationships and human interaction. It submits that managers working within JVs in China would benefit greatly from understanding the dynamics of the relationships. Looking at this situation from both Western and Chinese perspectives, it sets out to describe the essential themes found in three principle managerial relationships: 1) between two/more parents; 2) between parents and the venture; and 3) between two groups of staff.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of World Business.

    Volume (Year): 34 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 4 (January)
    Pages: 344-371

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:34:y:1999:i:4:p:344-371

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    1. Seung Ho Park & Michael V. Russo, 1996. "When Competition Eclipses Cooperation: An Event History Analysis of Joint Venture Failure," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 42(6), pages 875-890, June.
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    1. Wright, Mike & Filatotchev, Igor & Buck, Trevor & Bishop, Kate, 2002. "Foreign partners in the Former Soviet Union," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 165-179, October.
    2. Buckley, Peter J. & Clegg, Jeremy & Tan, Hui, 2006. "Cultural awareness in knowledge transfer to China--The role of guanxi and mianzi," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 41(3), pages 275-288, September.
    3. Ghauri, Pervez & Fang, Tony, 2001. "Negotiating with the Chinese: a socio-cultural analysis," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 303-325, October.
    4. Fainshmidt, Stav & White, George O. & Cangioni, Carole, 2014. "Legal Distance, Cognitive Distance, and Conflict Resolution in International Business Intellectual Property Disputes," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 188-200.
    5. Jing Yang & Frank Tipton & Jiatao Li, 2011. "A review of foreign business management in China," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 28(3), pages 627-659, September.
    6. Wang, Karen Yuan & Fulop, Liz, 2007. "Managerial trust and work values within the context of international joint ventures in China," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 13(2), pages 164-186, June.
    7. Johnson, Karen L. & Duxbury, Linda, 2010. "The view from the field: A case study of the expatriate boundary-spanning role," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 45(1), pages 29-40, January.

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