JED, Vol. 19, No.1, April 2017, pp. 51-64
Toward A Comprehensive Model of International Joint Venture Learning
Abstract:Based on alliance learning, absorptive capacity, and trust literature, this study proposed a
comprehensive model linking International Joint Venture (IJV) learning and its determinants.
The model takes into account the multi-dimensionality of absorptive capacity and trust which
were often omitted in previous studies. It is then tested in the context of Vietnam on the basis
of data collected from 154 IJVs. The result confirms the comprehensiveness of the model as it
explains more than 63% of the variance in learning. Specifically, learning intent, three out of
four dimensions of absorptive capacity, and foreign parents’ willingness to share knowledge were
found to be positively associated with IJV learning, Trust dimensions were also related to learning
but these relationships were alleviated in the presence of the other determinants. The research
contributes to the growing literature on IJV learning and provides important implications for
managers working in IJVs.
Keywords:International joint venture; learning; absorptive capacity; trust