Management control structures and performance implications in international construction joint ventures: critical survey and conceptual framework

Mershack Opoku Tetteh*, Albert P.C. Chan, Ernest Effah Ameyaw, Amos Darko, Sitsofe Kwame Yevu, Emmanuel B. Boateng

*Corresponding author for this work

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4 Citations (Scopus)


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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-781
Number of pages27
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number2
Early online date26 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2022


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