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Mergers and Acquisitions

Rethinking Key Umbrella Constructs


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Construct Measurement: The Case for Umbrella Constructs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Olimpia Meglio, Svante Schriber
      Pages 27-56
  3. Umbrella Constructs in the M&A Field

  4. Moving Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Olimpia Meglio, Svante Schriber
      Pages 173-191
    3. Duncan Angwin
      Pages 193-198
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-203

About this book


“Olimpia Meglio and Svante Schriber have made significant contributions to our understanding of M&A providing them both perspective and credibility to assess our field and its opportunities. This book joins their prior contributions to provide a timely commentary on the primary constructs examined in M&A research and their evolution, as well as future applications.”
—Professor David R. King, Florida State University, USA

“The insightful discussion in this book suggests that umbrella constructs can play a fruitful role in advancing the acquisition literature in a variety of ways, one of which is by helping to straddle the delicate tension between generalizability and precision. As such, the overarching message of this volume is fully in line with one of the author’s long-standing call for a methodological rejuvenation of the study of acquisitions.”
—Dr. Mario Schijven, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

“The work of Meglio & Schriber provides a helpful and much needed approach to make sense of and to synthesize the expanding, yet largely disparate, body of knowledge around M&As, via a focus on key constructs.”
—Prof. Satu Teerikangas, Turku School of Economics, Finland

This book provides scholars and practitioners in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) with a solid foundation for further research. M&As continue to shape the economic landscape across the globe. While there is already a huge body of scholarly work on the subject, findings appear contradictory and academics and practitioners often struggle to understand what factors make M&As successful.

Due to the lack of an agreed-upon definition, research findings appear contradictory, while in fact they are often simply not comparable. To address this, the book rethinks how we measure key umbrella constructs. It specifically focuses on the conceptualization phase of the measurement process, often taken for granted in the current research.


Strategic Management Key Terms Rsearch Methods Acquisitions Theory Construct Measurement Integration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BeneventoItaly
  2. 2.StockholmSweden

About the authors

Olimpia Meglio holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration. She is Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy. Her research interests lie at the intersection of strategic and organizational issues in growth strategies. Her work has been published in leading academic journals, such as the Journal of Business Research, or R&D Management

Svante Schriber holds a Ph.D. from the Stockholm School of Economics, and works as an Associate Professor at Stockholm Business School, Stockholm, Sweden. His research focuses on competitive strategy, particularly M&As. His interests include target selection, integration, and competitive dynamics in M&As. His work has been published in leading international journals, such as the Journal of World Business or Journal of Business Research.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Book Subtitle Rethinking Key Umbrella Constructs
  • Authors Olimpia Meglio
    Svante Schriber
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-40458-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-40461-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-40459-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 203
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Business Strategy/Leadership
    Business Consulting
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