From gain-sharing to gain-generation: The quest for distributive justice in international joint ventures

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This research investigates how distributive justice (DJ) affects cooperation-related outcomes in international joint ventures (IJVs) through several routes that intersect with reciprocal commitment, organizational attachment and contractual specification. Grounded in the convergent insights of IJV theory and justice theory, this study argues that DJ improves IJV performance through enhanced mutual commitment and interparty attachment, as well as through DJ's complementary role with IJV contract. The findings extend previous research by demonstrating that (1) DJ is an important variable affecting IJV stability via the mediation of interorganizational attachment and (2) DJ and IJV contract function as complements rather than substitutes in governing cooperation and improving IJV profitability and stability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-356
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of International Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009



  • Cooperation
  • Distributive justice
  • International joint venture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management

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