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JIBS Literature Review The Merger and Acquisition Process

By Anette Risberg

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Abstract 1 Mergers and acquisitions are not only economic decisions but can also be understood as social processes. Acquisition researchers often have a financial argument to justify their research, no matter their research focus. Social processes are mostly studied to find out why the acquisition failed and to find a formula to avoid future failures. In the literature one will often find representations of acquiring managers rather than the whole organisation. One could therefore describe most acquisition research as single-voiced rather than multi-voiced. Another common focus in the literature is that of integration. Acquisition researchers often describe the acquisition process as a unifying process. They prescribe that managers should manage the integration process so that the merging companies should become one with a consensus culture. The focus of this review is to identify a gap, the lack of certain social processes and of multi-voiced representation in that acquisition literature; that is, statements of ambiguities and ambiguous situations. 1 This review is based on chapter two and three in Risberg (1999) Ambiguities Thereafter – An interpretive approach t

Year: 2011
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