International joint ventures: creating value through successful knowledge management

Berdrow, Iris; Lane, Henry W.
February 2003
Journal of World Business;Spring2003, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
Knowledge management is the conscious and active management of creating, disseminating, evolving and applying knowledge to strategic ends. In this paper, we examine knowledge management in the context of international joint ventures (IJVs), activities that cut across organizational and national boundaries, to show how to manage the behavioral and contextual considerations to create value for the parent companies. A case based methodology was used to conduct 20 in-depth interviews and collect archival data from eight IJVs within the NAFTA partnership of Canada, U.S.A. and Mexico. The findings, achieved with the aid of NUD.IST, a qualitative data analysis package, are summarized into six descriptors that differentiate successful and unsuccessful cases. These descriptors are: mindset, controls, strategic integration, training and development, resource contributions and integration, and relationship development.


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