Understanding Mergers and Acquisitions in the 21st Century: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Hardcover | December 7, 2012

EditorKillian J. McCarthy, Wilfred Dolfsma

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Exploring mergers and acquisitions (MAs) in the 21st century, the authors systematically introduce, characterize and evaluate these mergers, discussing the methodologies that can be employed to measure them, and considering a number of factors relevant to their performance. They analyze the economic, managerial, legal, and psychological factors. Given that up to US$10 billion a day is spent on mergers and acquisitions, and that approximately 70% of these fail, while the practice spreads internationally, this study into their performance and the impacting factors of M&As is much overdue.

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Exploring mergers and acquisitions (MAs) in the 21st century, the authors systematically introduce, characterize and evaluate these mergers, discussing the methodologies that can be employed to measure them, and considering a number of factors relevant to their performance. They analyze the economic, managerial, legal, and psychologica...

KILLIAN MCCARTHY is an assistant professor at the University of Groningen School of Economics and Business, the Netherlands and an economist and strategist. His research interests include business and industrial organization, and strategy. He has also published on the topics of corporate tax competition, money laundering and criminal ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 10.8 × 5.71 × 0.96 inPublished:December 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230336667

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; K.J.McCarthy & W.Dolfsma
PART I: SETTING THE SCENE

A Perspective from Economics and Law
The Business Environment
Mergers and Merger Waves: A Century of Cause and Effect; K.J.McCarthy
The Legal Environment
The Same But Different? A Comparison of The Regulatory Regimes of 21st Century Europe, the US, and China; O.J.McCarthy
PART II: EXPLAINING M&A PERFORMANCE

A Perspective from Economics and Business
Firm Size
When Bigger Isn't Always Better: A Study of Mergers and Acqusitions by Small and Medium Enterprises; U.Weitzel & K.J.McCarthy
Merger Motives
Merger Motives and the Realisation of Gains; K.J.McCarthy & U.Weitzel
Shareholder Optimism
Shareholders' Expectations, Aspiration Levels, and Mergers; E.Diecidue, J.van de Van & U.Weitzel
A Perspective from Psychology and Sociology
Culture
Managing Culture in International Mergers and Acquisitions
Christine Coisne
Managerial Power
Power, and the Destruction of Value in Mergers and Acquisitions; C.Ashton-James, K.J.McCarthy & A.Dranca-Iacoban
Personality
Mergers as Marriages: Using Attachment Theory to Understand Mergers and Acquisitions; B.Petkova & K.J.McCarthy
PART III: MOVING FORWARD

A Perspective from Computer Science
A View to the Future
A Data-Driven Approach to Mergers and Acquisitions; A.D.Pietersma & K.J.McCarthy