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Perceptions of MNC management: Local parent sensemaking in international joint venture process

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  • Ed Clark
  • Anna Soulsby

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The article focuses on the way in which multinational corporations (MNCs) and local parent firms interact in the construction and operation of international joint ventures (IJVs). It seeks to contribute to the theory of IJV process in two ways. First, it constructs a preliminary integrative theoretical framework, which draws attention to the roles of initial venture conditions, of political, learning and relationship processes and parental perceptions of efficiency and equity. Second, it infers theoretical lessons from a case study of a German-Czech IJV. The empirical findings highlight the role of critical events that stimulate sensemaking processes, which in turn politicise the IJV and create different dynamic patterns.

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  • Ed Clark & Anna Soulsby, 2009. "Perceptions of MNC management: Local parent sensemaking in international joint venture process," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 14(3), pages 286-309.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2009_03_clark
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    Czech Republic; international joint ventures; sensemaking; venture dynamics; process theory; multi-national corporation;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • M20 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics - - - General
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions

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