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Timing and drivers of management control systems in joint ventures The effect on JV survival

Timing and drivers of management control systems in joint ventures The effect on JV survival Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the timing of management control systems (MCS) implementations, their drivers and effect on joint venture (JV) survival. Design/methodology/approach – This paper draws on case study data (archival data, interviews, and site visits) collected at three JVs in the automotive industry. Contingency theory is used to define Cartesian relationships. Findings – A description of the timing and reasons for MCS implementation in JVs is provided. Initially, environment, strategy, and partner culture are considered to implement governance mechanisms and transfer prices/cost allocations for long‐term transfers of technology and corporate services. Later, structural and technological factors are considered to implement operative MCS such as budgeting, transfer prices/cost allocations of manufactured parts and performance measurement. Research limitations/implications – All three JVs studied: belong to the automotive industry (SIC 3174); have balanced ownership (50/50); and have one partner in common (a European family‐owned business with professional management). Data are obtained mainly through site visits, five interviews, five mailed questionnaires, and public and private archival data. Originality/value – The paper is the first to offer a descriptive model of the timing of MCS implementation in 50/50 JVs explained by the effect of contingent factors in each stage of the JV life and in JV survival. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1176-6093
DOI
10.1108/11766090910989518
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the timing of management control systems (MCS) implementations, their drivers and effect on joint venture (JV) survival. Design/methodology/approach – This paper draws on case study data (archival data, interviews, and site visits) collected at three JVs in the automotive industry. Contingency theory is used to define Cartesian relationships. Findings – A description of the timing and reasons for MCS implementation in JVs is provided. Initially, environment, strategy, and partner culture are considered to implement governance mechanisms and transfer prices/cost allocations for long‐term transfers of technology and corporate services. Later, structural and technological factors are considered to implement operative MCS such as budgeting, transfer prices/cost allocations of manufactured parts and performance measurement. Research limitations/implications – All three JVs studied: belong to the automotive industry (SIC 3174); have balanced ownership (50/50); and have one partner in common (a European family‐owned business with professional management). Data are obtained mainly through site visits, five interviews, five mailed questionnaires, and public and private archival data. Originality/value – The paper is the first to offer a descriptive model of the timing of MCS implementation in 50/50 JVs explained by the effect of contingent factors in each stage of the JV life and in JV survival.

Journal

Qualitative Research in Accounting & ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 2, 2009

Keywords: Control; Control systems; Joint ventures

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