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Title: The characteristics and performance of international joint ventures in Thailand
Author: Suwannarat, Pornlapas
ISNI:       0000 0004 2683 7300
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2010
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The importance of strategic alliances in the form of international joint ventures (IJVs) is growing in the present international business environment where competition is on a global scale. A review of the IJV literature, especially in developing countries, shows an over-emphasis on China and the NIEs (the first tier newly-industrialising economies: Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea). To date, relatively little attention has been paid to the ASEAN4 countries (the high-performing economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia), even though since the 1990s this region has had one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This study provides new empirically based insights into the under-researched phenomenon of IJV formation in the South East Asian region. The study takes Thailand as an example of the ASEAN4 countries. Drawing on an unpublished official database of international joint ventures (IJVs) and a survey of managers of IJVs operating in Thailand, the study sets out to identify recent trends in Thai international joint ventures (IJVs), explore the motives and contributions of firms that participate in such IJVs and examine some of the factors that influence their performance. The study provides for the first time an in-depth analysis of a key dimension of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Thailand. Recent trends in Thai IJVs were found to be an upward path for IJV formation in the post 2000 period and the continued dominance of Japanese manufacturing companies as investors. Similarly key motives were found to differ markedly between foreign and local investors, while among the factors affecting performance were found to include IJV commitment, organisational learning and similarities in organisational culture.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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