Umbrella Constructs and the Progress of the Merger and Acquisition Field

  • Olimpia MeglioEmail author
  • Svante Schriber


This chapter summarizes key findings and critically reflects on how they help us to move forward. Adopting an umbrella construct perspective helps to nuance the meanings of broad, complex, and inherently ambiguous phenomenon. Umbrella constructs are ambiguous as the phenomena they measure are themselves complex and ambiguous. This chapter does not advocate for a reductionist approach. It emphasizes the importance of clarity in balancing creativity and precision in construct measurement. Besides identifying additional umbrella constructs in the field, we discuss the influence of an umbrella construct perspective upon the dialog across domains and upon the development of the field. Umbrella constructs may serve to explore new phenomena, to identify new facets of known phenomena and coagulate attention from different domains.


Umbrella construct Construct clarity M&A Speed Integration Fit Performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BeneventoItaly
  2. 2.StockholmSweden

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