Mergers and Acquisitions

Richard Schoenberg

in The Oxford Handbook of Strategy

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199275212
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Mergers and Acquisitions

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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) provide a popular means of achieving rapid growth and market entry. With the advent of the new Millennium, companies were spending in excess of three trillion US dollars annually on over 30,000 M&A transactions, equivalent to the completion of one deal every seventeen minutes. The objectives of this article are to explore the motives underlying this form of activity, to review the empirical evidence on M&A performance, and to discuss the factors determining acquisition outcome from a practical, yet research-based, perspective.

Keywords: mergers and acquisitions; market entry; acquisition performance; value creation; post-acquisition integration; employee resistance

Article.  8564 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Strategy

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