Umbrella Constructs: An Overarching Framework

  • Olimpia MeglioEmail author
  • Svante Schriber


What are umbrella constructs and why they are popular? How do we analyze them? What is their contribution to the development of the management field in general, and the merger and acquisition one in particular? What roles can they play in research and practice? These are questions we delve into in this chapter. To achieve this aim, we critically reflect on how an umbrella approach can shed new light on these terms. We thereby complement efforts to primarily reduce their use or their meanings into more precise, narrowly defined measures. We develop a framework that helps disentangle different roles umbrella constructs play at different stages of the idea generation, acceptance, and dissemination process and identify mechanisms through which umbrella constructs spur the development of new ideas and shape their travel and transfer.


Umbrella construct Wholeness approach Fragmentary approach Interpretive approach Ideas generation-acceptance-dissemination process Construct travel Citation 


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  1. 1.BeneventoItaly
  2. 2.StockholmSweden

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