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The role of trust in joint venture control : a theoretical framework

Ekanayake, Samson 2008, The role of trust in joint venture control : a theoretical framework, Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 120-126.

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Title The role of trust in joint venture control : a theoretical framework
Author(s) Ekanayake, Samson
Journal name Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 120
End page 126
Total pages 7
Publisher American Academy of Business, Cambridge
Place of publication Hollywood, Florida
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 1540-1200
Keyword(s) trust
joint venture control
alliance control
partner control
management control
Summary This paper develops a theoretical framework and a number of propositions for systematically studying the role of trust in the control and performance of Joint Ventures, a prominent form of inter-firm alliance. The proposed framework is more complete than the frameworks available in the extant literature because it incorporates both transaction related risks and the partner related risks which are likely to impact on the reliance on particular control patterns. Partner-related risks in joint ventures are represented by the level of inter-partner trust, while transaction-related risks are represented by the Transaction Cost Economics (TCE) variables of asset specificity, task complexity, performance measurability, and environmental uncertainty.

The framework also links one of the established management control typologies (i.e., behaviour, outcome, and social) to two of the alliance control patterns (bureaucratic-based pattern, and trust-based pattern) identified in the literature on alliance control.
Language eng
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Journal of American Academy of Business
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