Human Resources and International Joint Venture Performance: A System Perspective

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Business School Research Paper

Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 36, pp. 505-518, 2005

14 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2007

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Yaping Gong

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

Oded Shenkar

Ohio State University (OSU) - Human Resource Research

Yadong Luo

University of Miami - Department of Management

Mee-Kau Nyaw

Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) - Lingnan (University) College

Abstract

Building on a 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 resources (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.

Keywords: human resources, international joint venture, general systems theory

Suggested Citation

Gong, Yaping and Shenkar, Oded and Luo, Yadong and Nyaw, Mee-Kau, Human Resources and International Joint Venture Performance: A System Perspective. Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Business School Research Paper, Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 36, pp. 505-518, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1004674

Yaping Gong (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) ( email )

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Oded Shenkar

Ohio State University (OSU) - Human Resource Research ( email )

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Yadong Luo

University of Miami - Department of Management ( email )

United States

Mee-Kau Nyaw

Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) - Lingnan (University) College ( email )

135 Xingang Xi Road
Tuen Mun
Guangzhou, Guangzhou 510275
China

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