Title

Human resources and international joint venture performance : a system perspective

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of International Business Studies

Publication Date

9-1-2005

Volume

36

Issue

5

First Page

505

Last Page

518

Keywords

General systems theory, Human resources, International joint venture

Abstract

Building on general systems theory, we argue that the multi-system nature of the international joint venture (IJV) drives two distinct but inter-related sets of human resource (HR) issues: a set whose core is mainly within the venture subsystem (within-IJV HR set), producing a detrimental impact on venture performance; and a set associated mainly with the relational tension along the interface between the parent and the venture subsystem (relational/interface HR set). The relational set is detrimental at the system level, but actually has a positive performance impact at the venture subsystem level. Hierarchical regression results from a sample of 265 China-based IJVs offer support for the above hypotheses developed around the two sets of HR issues. We discuss implications for IJV theory, research, and practice.

DOI

10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400154

Print ISSN

00472506

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Copyright © 2005, Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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Recommended Citation

Gong, Y., Shenkar, O., Luo, Y., & Nyaw, M.-K. (2005). Human resources and international joint venture performance: A system perspective. Journal of International Business Studies, 36(5), 505-518. doi: 10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400154