Antecedents and Consequence of International Joint Venture Learning: The Case of Vietnam

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This empirical study addresses factors associated with learning in international joint ventures with data collected in Vietnam. Drawing from the previous literature in learning through alliances, this research presents and tests a theoretical model linking IJV learning, its antecedents and consequence. Several organizational practices in the ventures appear as strong predictors of learning. Specifically, learning was associated with the venture’s allocation of resources to training and level of joint participation, as well as the frequency of interaction between foreign and local venture employees. IJV learning was significantly related to the venture performance. Further, the ventures’ investment in learning had a significant impact on performance that was not simply a function of knowledge learnt from the foreign partner.

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