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Microfoundations for learning within international joint ventures

Park, Jeong-Yang; Harris, Simon

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Jeong-Yang Park

Simon Harris



Abstract

IJV research highlights the importance of learning in international joint ventures (IJVs) but has not indicated how to achieve it. We combine organizational learning and internationalization process research within a microfoundations framework to understand learning in IJVs. We study a Samsung-Tesco IJV that successfully learned retail practice from one partner and applied it in a South Korean context known by the other. The managers used many learning processes, not just experiential learning emphasized in international business research, and used many more knowledge sources than assumed in prior research, including the IJV partners’ other subsidiaries. To build absorptive capacity, IJVs need appropriate microfoundations at individual, process and structural levels, and coherent interlinkages between them, especially by having IJV managers’ with extensive experience and orientation to learn who are given structural and process autonomy to invest in learning.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2014
Journal International Business Review
Print ISSN 0969-5931
Electronic ISSN 0962-9262
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Park, J., & Harris, S. (2014). Microfoundations for learning within international joint ventures. International Business Review, 23(3), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2013.08.011
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2013.08.011
Keywords Absorptive capacity, International joint venture, Learning, Microfoundations
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0969593113001212
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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