Knowledge Management in Mergers and Acquisitions

Sajjad M. Jasimuddin

in The Handbook of Mergers and Acquisitions

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199601462
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743320 | DOI:
Knowledge Management in Mergers and Acquisitions

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This chapter stresses the importance of knowledge management for mergers and acquisitions (M&As), a popular strategy of survival and growth that is believed to enhance a firm’s competitive advantage over its rivals. Cross-border M&As is a widely used mode of market entry, which constitutes a large share of global FDI flows entry into a host country. While in the 21st century, managing knowledge is increasingly recognized as being a critical strategic task for an organization, the literature on knowledge management in M&A activity is relatively limited. Although M&As in many cases fail to deliver satisfactory results, knowledge management is a strategically important tool for M&As’ success. The chapter aims to elaborate the role of knowledge management in the M&A context, and to identify the factors that facilitate its implementation in M&As, suggesting that the effective implementation of knowledge management in an amalgamated firm can help explore and exploit knowledge in a post-M&A situation.

Keywords: competitive advantage; knowledge management; mergers and acquisitions; organizational growth; organizational knowledge; strategy

Chapter.  8815 words. 

Subjects: Financial Institutions and Services

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