Management International Review

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 227–253 | Cite as

Performance implications of capability exploitation and upgrading in international joint ventures

  • Wu Zhan
  • Yadong Luo


Abstract and Key Results
  • This study investigates (1) how capability exploitation and capability upgrading are associated with IJVs’ financial and competitive outcomes in an emerging market, and (2) how environmental dynamism (the key construct characterizing an emerging market) and interpartner cooperation (the key construct describing an IJV) moderate the effect of capability exploitation and upgrading on IJV performance.

  • Results suggest that IJVs in a foreign emerging market tend to perform better in both financial and competitive terms when they possess greater abilities to exploit current resources contributed by foreign and local partners and to continuously upgrade and develop new capabilities.

  • The contribution of capability exploitation and upgrading to IJV performance is stronger when IJVs operate in a more dynamic environment. When interpartner cooperation is superior, capability exploitation plays a bigger role in improving performance.

Key Words

Capability Exploitation Capability Upgrading Dynamic Capability Organizational Learning International Joint Venture China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wu Zhan
    • 1
  • Yadong Luo
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and BusinessThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Business AdministrationUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA

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