Cooperative Struggle: Re-framing Intercultural Conflict in the Management of Sino-American Joint Ventures

Kathleen Krone, Sarah Steimel

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Sino-American economic joint ventures are most often studied through a lens of technical rationality that typically emphasizes organizational efficiency, reduces culture to a manageable resource, and views conflict as discrete disruptions requiring efficient handling. Here, we conceptualize Sino-American business partnerships as sites of struggle where co-managers' accounts of intercultural disagreements reveal friction around action, voice, interests, and identity. We propose cooperative struggle as a critical management practice for working creatively with the multiple forms of difference that arise in this organizational form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-279
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of International and Intercultural Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2013



  • Cooperative Struggle
  • Intercultural Conflict
  • Power and Resistance
  • Sino-American Joint Ventures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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