Title: Management information systems and the control of international joint ventures: evidence from the Czech Republic
Author: David Pollard
Address: Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University, Beckett Park Campus, Leeds, LS6 3QS, UK
Abstract: Although the international joint venture (IJV) literature has expanded rapidly during the past two decades, the role of management information systems (MIS) in such collaborative ventures has attracted much less research attention. In this exploratory study carried out in the Czech Republic, applications of MIS in the control of three IJVs were examined. Senior management was interviewed regarding: a) the use of existing MIS and their role in managing joint venture activities; b) the evolution of systems since the joint venture was formed; c) current problems or shortcomings in operation of the systems and in their content; d) plans for future development. The study concludes that, where significant communications are an important feature of IJV management, early consideration should be given to the nature of control appropriate to the venture and its impact on existing and required MIS capabilities.
Keywords: management information systems; MIS; joint venture control; Czech Republic; international joint ventures; IJV management.
Int. J. of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2011 Vol.13, No.3, pp.255 - 270
Available online: 29 Jul 2011