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Accessing Technology from Global Production Networks: The Case of Joint Ventures in Indian Auto Industry

  • Gopalaswamy, Arun Kumar ;
  • Sureshbabu, M ;
  • Mathew, Saji K
  • Received : 2015.03.15
  • Accepted : 2015.08.10
  • Published : 2015.08.31

Abstract

This study provides a background on the growth of Indian automobile industry under different regulatory regimes. It is observed that the international joint ventures have played a key role in the growth of the sector. The study further examines the motives for forming IJVs in the auto component sector and also identifies the criteria for choosing the joint venture partner to mitigate conflicts. These two specific attributes form the core towards transfer of technology, promoting innovation and also act as a catalyst for adopting and choosing appropriate technology. The study brings out the relationship between motives, partner selection criteria and performance of the IJVs. Results indicate that firms gave maximum importance to technological skills, quality control measures and proprietary knowledge in selecting IJV partners. It is also observed that the motives affect the partner selection criteria in terms of skill and resources needed from the partner.

Keywords

International joint ventures;partner selection;technology transfer;motives and performance

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