Asian Business & Management, 7 (1), 2008 – interesting articles

[Deutscher Titel: Asian Business & Management, 7 (1), 2008 – interessante Artikel]

Asian Business & Management
Volume 7, Issue 1 (March 2008)

Knowledge Acquisition and Performance: The Role of Foreign Parents in Korean IJVs  11-32
Byung Il Park, Axèle Giroud, Hafiz Mirza and Jeryl Whitelock

  • Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the influence of the foreign firm, through its interaction with the local partner, on the extent to which international joint ventures (IJVs) acquire knowledge and reach a higher level of performance. Based on the literature, we posit and test the proposition that there is a positive relationship between IJVs’ knowledge acquisition from foreign firms and their performance. To date, very few studies exist on IJVs in Korea, and fewer still examine the relationship between management knowledge acquired from foreign parents and IJVs’ performance. Using a sample of IJVs in Korea, this paper contributes to the literature, firstly by examining and confirming the positive relationship between managerial knowledge acquisition from foreign parents and IJV performance; and secondly, by testing for the extent of foreign firm support, and the relationship between parents with respect to both managerial knowledge acquisition and performance. This study extends knowledge on IJV knowledge acquisition and performance, more specifically in the Korean context.
  • Keywords: IJVs, foreign parents, knowledge acquisition, performance, Korea
  • doi: 10.1057/palgrave.abm.9200243

Influence of Tie Strength and Behavioural Factors on Effective Knowledge Acquisition: A Study of Korean New Product Alliances  75-94
Ludwig Bstieler and Martin Hemmert

  • Abstract: We investigate the influence of tie strength and the mediating effect of behavioural factors on knowledge acquisition in new product development alliances in the Korean machinery and electronics industries. Tie strength on the operational level, as measured by interaction intensity and intimacy between partners’ project managers, was found to enhance knowledge acquisition, whereas the depth and length of firm-level ties did not. Moreover, the influence of interaction intensity and intimacy on knowledge acquisition was mediated by communication quality and fairness, suggesting that operational-level tie strength becomes less relevant for knowledge acquisition when good communication and perceptions of fairness between alliance partners have been established. Taken together, when knowledge acquisition is the objective, behavioural factors seem to play a more prominent role than tie strength in Korean new product alliances.
  • Keywords: product development, alliances, knowledge acquisition, social ties, Korea
  • doi: 10.1057/palgrave.abm.9200245

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