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Strategic Decisions and Sustainability Choices

Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Social Responsibility from a Global Perspective

  • Brings together two distinct fields, M&A and CSR, addressing the gap between them

  • Takes a deeper look at the perceived tension between M&A and CSR and provides new convergent directions moving forward

  • Features examples from across the globe

  • Integrates viewpoints from theory and practice


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Expansion Strategies and Responsibility Issues

  3. CSR and M&As: A Global Perspective

  4. What’s Next? Setting a Research Agenda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Olimpia Meglio, Kathleen Park
      Pages 195-203
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 205-214

About this book


This book integrates two different but equally prominent themes in the management field: mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and corporate social responsibility (CSR). It explores questions such as whether strategic goals overlap or conflict with sustainability choices, what the strategic and sustainability tensions are confronting expanding companies, and whether these companies can grow and be socially responsible for a variety of stakeholders. The authors provide a fresh perspective on the study of acquisitions, aiming to inspire the M&A field, using examples from different global and institutional contexts in both developed and developing economies. This ground-breaking book addresses the gap that has existed between acquisitions on the one hand and social responsibility and sustainability on the other, for an integrative perspective on enacting M&As and achieving the triple people-planet-profits bottom line.


strategic management corporate social responsibility sustainability M&A mergers acquisitions internationalization agility logistics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of SannioBeneventoItaly
  2. 2.Boston UniversityBoston, MAUSA

About the authors

Olimpia Meglio is Associate Professor of Management at the University of Sannio, Italy, where she teaches Service Management and Management. She has been a Visiting Scholar at ESADE Business School, Spain, and at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Her research interests intersect strategic and organizational issues surrounding growth strategies. She also favours a process orientation in empirical research. She has regularly presented her works at international conferences such as EURAM, EGOS and AOM. At EURAM she has been actively involved in the organization of tracks and symposiums on M&As. Her works have been published in leading international journals including Long Range Planning, Journal of Business Research, Business Horizons and Human Resource Management.

Kathleen Park is Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences, Strategy and Innovation and a Chadwick Research Fellow at Boston University, USA. She was previously a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management, studying leadership, innovation and internationalization from the Arabian Gulf. Her research interests include international mergers and acquisitions, alliances, innovation, emerging markets and corporate governance. She has presented her research at conferences worldwide and has been published in venues including the Journal of Business Research, Business Horizons, Journal of Management HistoryCompetition & Change: The Journal of Global Business and Political Economy and Thunderbird International Business Review, as well as in numerous book chapters with internationally recognized publishers. She received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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