The process of identifying and evaluating a target firm, completing a deal after its negotiation and announcement, and then integrating a target firm after legal combination is a multi-year process with uncertain returns to acquiring firms. Research on mergers and acquisitions (M&As) is progressing rapidly yet it remains fragmented across multiple research perspectives that largely examine different acquisition phases separately and coincide with a focus on different research variables. As a result, research fragmentation means that a researcher in one area may be unaware of research from related areas that is likely relevant. This contributes to research silos with M&A research displaying different traditions, starting points, and assumptions.
Mergers and Acquisitions: A Research Overview summarizes the frontier in M&A research and provides insights into where it can be expanded. It undertakes the needed integration and reconciliation of research in order to derive practical knowledge for managing acquisitions from beginning to end, providing a summary of what is known and its implications for future research.
This concise overview reconciles and integrates the state of the art in our understanding of mergers and acquisitions, providing an essential first stopping point in the research journey of students and scholars working in this area.
'This book by accomplished and respected scholars examines mergers and acquisitions using the unique lens of organizational change. It provides a fine-grained evaluation of M&As and their outcomes for a broad set of stakeholders resulting in a greater understanding of this important strategic action. It is a must read for scholars and practitioners alike.' — Michael A. Hitt, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, USA
'This book represents a thorough coverage of what we currently know and need to know about mergers and acquisitions (M&A) built around a unique and useful organizing framework. The authors provide a refreshing look at M&A, highlighting the realities that acquisitions differ in important ways, are driven by different contextual histories, and may be composed of configurations of subprocesses that differentially affect outcomes. This is an important book for serious researchers who want to go beyond the typically incremental advances in our understanding of M&A.' — Bruce T. Lamont, Jim Moran Eminent Scholar of Business Administration, The Florida State University, USA
2. Content of Change
3. Context of Change
4. Process of Change
5. Change Outcomes
Advances in theory, methods and applied knowledge alongside structural changes in the global economic ecosystem, present researchers with challenges in seeking to stay abreast of their fields and navigate new scholarly terrains.
This series presents shortform books which provide an expert map to guide readers through new and rapidly evolving areas of research. Each title will provide an overview of the area, a guide to the key literature along with time-saving summaries of how theory interacts with practice.
As a collection, these books provide a library of theoretical and conceptual insights into business research. Each book contributes to an understanding of the state of the art, as a foundation stone for a new generation of research.