Acquisitions in a Globally Competitive Landscape

John Child, David Faulkner and Robert Pitkethly

in The Management of International Acquisitions

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199267101
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191716706 | DOI:
 						Acquisitions in a Globally Competitive Landscape

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This chapter provides information on the scale and scope of M&A. The M&A boom is part and parcel of globalization, and the main drivers behind this movement are considered. These include market, cost, competitive and government drivers of acquisitions. Acquisitions are also one of several strategic options for a firm to expand through integration with other companies. Alternatives include options such as cooperative agreements and joint ventures. Acquisitions permit a range of choice regarding integration that other means of cooperation, even mergers, do not. Cross-border acquisitions in pursuit of globalization raise questions about the reconciliation of different national approaches to management, and they provide opportunities to evaluate the performance impact of different national approaches within a given host economy.

Keywords: scale; M&A; globalization; integration; strategic options

Chapter.  4823 words. 

Subjects: International Business

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