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Expatriate Managers in International Joint Ventures

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Authors
Geng, Lifeng
Issue Date
2003-12
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.10 No.2, pp. 63-77
Keywords
Expatriate ManagersInternational Joint VenturesControlCooperation
Abstract
This study examines multinational corporations’ (MNCs) use of expatriate managers as a control mechanism in their international joint ventures (IJVs). Expatriate managers allow for local market flexibility and customer responsiveness while fulfilling MNCs’ purpose of control. Drawing on the transaction cost economics theory (TCE), we developed a set of hypotheses regarding factors that influence IJVs’ use of expatriate managers. Consistent with the TCE theory that argues firms should align their governance structures with characteristics of the transactions, our analysis reveals that it is IJVs’ characteristics and not those of the parent firms that significantly affect the use of expatriate managers.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96393
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area StudiesJournal of International and Area Studies vol.10 (2003)
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