The relevance of fit in management styles between managers of sino-german international joint ventures : an empirical examination of the fit between partners' management styles in Sino-German IJVs
SupervisorMohr, Alexander T.
KeywordManagement styles; Fit; International Joint Ventures; Cultural differences; Managers; Sino-German businesses
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InstitutionUniversity of Bradford
DepartmentSchool of Management
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AbstractAs German organisations expand their businesses into China, the potential risks associated with a lack of fit in management styles among International Joint Venture (IJV) partner-firms have become increasingly obvious to academic researchers, human resource professionals and partner-firm managers themselves. The general consensus among researchers and practitioners is that cultural differences in management styles are a major deterrent to the success of IJVs. Limited research has been undertaken to specifically examine and identify how partner-firm managers can overcome this barrier in Sino-German IJVs.
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