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Title: Management control structures and performance implications in international construction joint ventures : critical survey and conceptual framework
Authors: Tetteh, MO 
Chan, APC 
Ameyaw, EE
Darko, A 
Yevu, SK 
Boateng, EB
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Engineering, construction and architectural management, 2022, v. 29, no. 2, p. 755-781
Abstract: Purpose: Management control is needed in international joint ventures (IJVs) for successful management and performance. While IJV management control and performance concept has been widely explored, in the construction sector, the core understanding of the design of the two concepts is still lacking. This has resulted in the neglect of important questions and directions for research and practice improvement. This study aims to conduct a critical survey of prior studies addressing the conceptualization of management control and performance in IJVs and to propose a framework for studying the performance implications of management control in international construction joint ventures (ICJVs).
Design/methodology/approach: Using Scopus database and search terms, a systematic desktop search was conducted to retrieve empirically related peer-reviewed papers for this study.
Findings: Drawing on the transaction cost, institutional and relational logic, the first inclusive hypothetical model for studying the relationship between different dimensions of management control mechanism and multiple performance criteria in ICJVs is presented. The model proposes a measurement method for both the management control and performance and explains how they can be established in ICJVs.
Practical implications: The proposed framework provides a methodology to understand the dynamics of management control and performance implications in ICJV. Specifically, uncovering the critical paths will assist ICJV frontliners to approach management control in a more holistic and systematic way to promote achievement of ICJV goals.
Originality/value: The study gives a firm ground to the construction industry, which is accurate and educational for related fields concentrating on several other forms of cooperative relationships.
Keywords: Construction management
International joint venture
International construction joint venture
Management control
Performance measures
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Journal: Engineering, construction and architectural management 
ISSN: 0969-9988
EISSN: 1365-232X
DOI: 10.1108/ECAM-07-2020-0579
Rights: © Emerald Publishing Limited. This AAM is provided for your own personal use only. It may not be used for resale, reprinting, systematic distribution, emailing, or for any other commercial purpose without the permission of the publisher.
The following publication Tetteh, M.O., Chan, A.P.C., Ameyaw, E.E., Darko, A., Yevu, S.K. and Boateng, E.B. (2022), "Management control structures and performance implications in international construction joint ventures: critical survey and conceptual framework", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 755-781 is published by Emerald and is available at
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