Methodological Approaches to the Empirical Examination of Experience and Learning in Acquisitions

  • Ilaria Galavotti


This chapter is focused on the analysis of the empirical and the methodological approaches used over the decades to examine the constructs of experience and learning in the context of acquisitions. After highlighting the diverse research methodologies used, the chapter scrutinizes the different methodological approaches to the operationalization of experience variables and of experiential qualitative traits: experience depreciation, heterogeneity, and codification. In addition, the time window for the operationalization of experience variables is discussed and a positioning of studies on the basis of the locus of experience—that is, individual, group, organizational, interorganizational—is proposed. The chapter also provides an examination of operationalization approaches adopted in research on serial acquirers and their implications. Throughout the chapter, the different sections are enriched with tables that summarize and position the diverse studies along the multiple methodological issues covered.


Serial Acquirers Experience Depreciation Focal Acquisition Haunschild Jakopin 2007 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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