TCL-Thomson Electronics Corporation: A Failed Joint Venture?

            
 
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Themes

Mergers | Acquisitions | Strategic Alliances
Case Length : 14 Pages
Period : 1999-2005
Organization : TCL-Thomson Electronics Corporation, TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited and Thomson SA
Pub Date : 2006
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : China, France
Industry : Consumer Electronics

Abstract:

In late 2003, China based TCL Corporation (TCL) and France-based Thomson SA formed a joint venture under the name TCL-Thomson Electronics Corporation (TTE). TTE's core product was television sets which were sold globally. It also produced computers which were sold only in China. The case discusses the rationale for the formation of this joint venture. It highlights the problems faced by TTE and details the reasons why it failed to achieve its objectives. The case examines the problems faced by cross border joint ventures and aims at seeking solutions for TTE's problems.

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Issues:

Study and analyze the problems that organizations face in managing joint ventures
Examine the strategic impact of joint ventures on partner companies
Understand the rationale behind Chinese consumer electronics manufacturers going global

Contents:

  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Rationale for the Joint Venture 3
TTE's Plans 6
TTE Runs Into Trouble 8
The Road Ahead 9
Exhibits 10

Keywords:

TCL-Thomson Electronics Corporation, TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited, Thomson SA, TCL Corporation, Joint Ventures, Failure of JVs, Acquisition, Multi-branding Strategy, RCA brand, Schneider Electronics AG, European Union

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