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Translating theoretical logics across borders: organizational characteristics, structural mechanisms and contextual factors in international alliances


  • Ruth V Aguilera

    (College of Business and Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA)


In this essay, I critically review the 2006 JIBS Decade Award article by Lyles and Salk ‘Knowledge acquisition from foreign parents in international joint ventures (IJVs): An empirical examination in the Hungarian context’. This article develops theoretical arguments and empirically tests a two-stage research question: (1) What are the organizational characteristics and structural mechanisms between IJV parents that influence knowledge acquisition from the foreign parent, and (2) what is the relationship between knowledge acquisition and performance in Hungarian IJVs? The most important contribution is the focus on both the antecedents and the consequences of knowledge acquisition in IJVs. I also discuss subsequent research that draws heavily on the conceptual or empirical findings of the 2006 JIBS Decade Award paper. I conclude by suggesting areas of future research in the field of knowledge transfer, organizational learning and international strategic alliances. Journal of International Business Studies (2007) 38, 38–46. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400254

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  • Ruth V Aguilera, 2007. "Translating theoretical logics across borders: organizational characteristics, structural mechanisms and contextual factors in international alliances," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 38(1), pages 38-46, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:38:y:2007:i:1:p:38-46

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    1. Kotabe, Masaaki & Jiang, Crystal Xiangwen & Murray, Janet Y., 2011. "Managerial ties, knowledge acquisition, realized absorptive capacity and new product market performance of emerging multinational companies: A case of China," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 46(2), pages 166-176, April.
    2. Chen, Pao-Lien & Tan, Danchi & Jean, Ruey-Jer “Bryan”, 2016. "Foreign knowledge acquisition through inter-firm collaboration and recruitment: Implications for domestic growth of emerging market firms," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 221-232.

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