Mergers and Acquisitions as Strategic Decisions

  • Ilaria Galavotti


This chapter provides an overview of mergers and acquisitions as strategic decisions that enable corporate renewal. After identifying their distinctive features vis-à-vis other strategic resource allocation decisions, the sources of value creation are analyzed and the concept of value creation is distinguished across the capital markets school, the strategic school, the organization behavior school, and the process perspective. The chapter further examines the notion of value in mergers and acquisitions by including the concepts of value appropriation and value destruction. The analysis then moves to establishing a linkage between acquisitions and a firm’s corporate strategy. Finally, the chapter covers the role of experience and learning in mergers and acquisitions as a pervasive force driving both decision-making and integration aspects.


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  • Ilaria Galavotti
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  1. 1.Università Cattolica del Sacro CuorePiacenzaItaly

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