Diagnosing critical barriers to international construction joint ventures success in the developing country of Ghana

Mershack Opoku Tetteh*, Albert P.C. Chan, Saeed Reza Mohandes, Daniel Yamoah Agyemang

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Purpose: International construction joint ventures (ICJVs) implementation is plagued with several barriers, full understanding of which is still lacking due to a lack of an in-depth exploration of them, particularly in developing countries. To fill this knowledge gap, this study aims to investigate the critical barriers to the success of ICJVs hosted in developing countries by examining the Ghanaian case. Design/methodology/approach: This study builds on a previous study that identified 37 barriers factors to ICJVs success via a systematic literature review. Through expert interviews, 34 potential barriers were identified, and a two-round survey was conducted with 84 ICJVs practitioners in Ghana. The data collected was analyzed using the combination of a multidimensional fuzzy logic method and confirmatory factor analysis. Findings: Results showed that 22 barriers were critical. The top five most critical barriers were “lack of preparedness to accept company philosophy,” “competing objectives,” “opportunistic behavior of parties,” “conflicts” and “lack of management control.” Furthermore, the results uncovered and confirmed five significant underlying components for the 22 critical barriers, namely, organizational-related, cultural-related, knowledge-related, individual-related and logistics-related barriers. Practical implications: The findings could be useful to ICJVs practitioners and policymakers in developing suitable strategies for the successful implementation of ICJVs. Further, foreign firms aiming to execute and promote ICJVs in Ghana could have prior knowledge of the critical barriers and prepare for them. Originality/value: This study empirically analyzed the individual levels of barriers criticalities in ICJVs context and from a specific-country perspective – the developing country of Ghana – rather than in the context of construction joint ventures and from a cross-country perspective in extant studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1151-1185
Number of pages35
JournalConstruction Innovation
Issue number5
Early online date5 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2023


  • Barriers
  • Developing country
  • Infrastructure development
  • International construction joint venture
  • Multicriteria decision-making methods


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