Understanding the Concept of Knowledge Acquisition through International Joint Ventures in Algeria: A Proposition for Future Studies


  • Tamma Elhachemi
  • Abd. Rahim b. Jaguli
  • Oussama Saoula
  • Elkheloufi Abderrahmane
  • Emir Moumene Benabid
  • Rabah Seddaoui


For the past three decades, knowledge acquisition through international joint ventures (IJVs) becomes a common target behind its formation for local firm in new open oriented markets in the belief that IJVs provide excellent opportunities to obtain foreign Multinational Corporations’ (MNC) technological, managerial, and various other capabilities in order to meet customers’ requirements and to contend in the competitive market. A vast number of previous studies have tried to examine the determinants and outcomes of knowledge acquisition through IJVs. However, these studies are still insufficient to cover all aspects of this topic, whether theoretically, practically, contextually, or empirically, particularly the lack of studies on such topic in the Algerian oil and gas industry. Therefore, with presenting some facts on foreign direct investments, IJV, and the knowledge transfer performance in Algeria. In addition, as the paper presented pertinent issues, this study intended to propose a conceptual framework that can be studied in future studies. This study suggested determinants, such as knowledge management practices, transfer mechanisms, and environmental uncertainty as s. In addition, IJV’s competitiveness as an outcome to IJV’s knowledge acquisition