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A Review of the Literature on International Joint Ventures: A Bibliometric Study for the Period 1975-2019


Extensive literature on the subject of International Joint Ventures (IJVs) has developed during the last few decades. This work aims at identifying the main trends in this literature using a bibliometric analysis. The analysis of 507 studies published between 1975 and 2019 has allowed for the identification of key authors and journals and has revealed that the literature is focused on topics related to performance and success factors, knowledge acquisition and management, control and developing economies such as China. Thus, future research can focus on topics that have been neglected such as corporate social responsibility, legitimacy and absorptive capacity, and the study of countries and regions relatively neglected.