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This study examines North American firms that have international joint venture (IJV) relationships in China and Chinese firms who have IJV relationships in North America. Data was gathered from the North American partner (n=50) and from the Chinese partner (n=57) to test several hypotheses regarding the reliability and comparability of various general satisfaction measures and specific indicators of IJV performance. The findings of this comparative study provide confirmatory evidence for the importance of several indicators of UV performance for the partners of IJV s from a developed and developing country perspective and the criteria that SinoNorth American managers use to evaluate IJV performance. Another contribution of the findings of this study is that it provides insights from the assessment of multiple industry and product perspectives for the North American and Chinese partners as to the extent that the IN achieved its strategic objectives as a measure of IJV performance.

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UMSL Global Occasional Papers




The Center for International Studies of the University of Missouri-St. Louis issues Occasional Papers at irregular intervals from ongoing research projects, thereby providing a viable means for communicating tentative results. Comments on these papers, therefore, are particularly welcome. Occasional Papers should not be reproduced or quoted at length without the consent of the author or of the Center for International Studies.

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