Success Factors of Saudi-German Joint Ventures: A Meta-Analytical Approach

  • Maike Laska-Khalil
Part of the The Political Economy of the Middle East book series (PEME)


The entry into foreign markets represents a challenge, especially for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), not least due to financial and human resource constraints. Despite the increasing popularity of international joint ventures (IJVs) as an internationalization strategy, their effectiveness has been generally under-explored, with researchers tending to focus on ventures established by large firms, the results of which are not entirely applicable to SMEs. Existing empirical findings lack consolidation and are plagued by conflicting criteria for the measurement of IJV success.

Integrating and evaluating existing research results with a relatively new and very promising method in economics in the form of a meta-analysis to identify crucial success factors for SME IJVs is the goal of the research work presented here. This chapter motivates for the problem, presents the results of the first steps and explores the definitions and construction of the comprehensive meta-analysis of existing research results, which constitutes the backbone of this research.


International joint ventures Success Meta-analysis Small- and medium-sized companies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maike Laska-Khalil
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  1. 1.Chair of ManagementUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

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