International joint ventures research on Africa: A systematicliterature review, proposit ions, and contextualization

Nnamdi Oguji*, William Degbey, Richard Owusu

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This study reviewed the research on international joint ventures (IJVs) in Africa up to 2017. The authors performed a systematic search of peer-reviewed good-quality research using the 6Wprocedure and ensured the quality of the review by using the 5Cs quality criteria. The content analysis was focused on four research questions. A total of 22 relevant studies were found. Overall, only about one-third of the lead authors were affiliated with African universities. A majority of the studies were quantitative, and 78% of the studies were done for three countries: Ghana, Morocco, and Nigeria. There was either just one or no study on trust and conflict, partner selection, and human resource management (HRM). At the contextual level, it seems the most important factor influencing IJV strategy and success is institutions. We therefore suggest a greater use of institutional theory. Finally, we present a summary of conceptual framework and four propositions to guide future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-26
Number of pages15
JournalThunderbird International Business Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • literature review
  • international joint ventures

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