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The international experience in domestic mergers – Are purely domestic M&A a myth?

Reynolds, Noelia Sarah and Teerikangas, Satu (2016) 'The international experience in domestic mergers – Are purely domestic M&A a myth?' International Business Review, 25 (1). 42 - 50. ISSN 0969-5931

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Abstract

Paralleling the rise of cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) over the last decades, the academic study of the international dimensions and challenges of cross-border M&A has increased. This has led to a conceptual distinction between domestic M&As on the one hand, and cross-border M&As on the other hand. Our two ethnographic case studies on domestic mergers enable us to contradict this well-established assumption. We observe domestic mergers to be impacted by cross-border dimensions. These influences bear particular relevance on the merging organizations’ employees’ experience of the merger. In this light, the employee experience is deemed an international vs. domestic one. This leads us to posit that both academics and practitioners engaged with M&As need to bear caution with respect to the established domestic vs. cross-border divide. Our main contribution claims that in a globalized environment, purely domestic M&As are a myth. This finding bears important implications on the practice and theorizing on M&As and international management at large.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: M&A, Merger, Acquisition, Emotions, Ethnography
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2015 12:53
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14561

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