Mergers and acquisitions (henceforth M&As) have long attracted interest from academics. Yet, despite all the research, we don’t seem to know much about M&A outcomes. Reasons for this state of affairs are frequently attributed to the fragmentation and existence of substantive gaps in current M&A literature, and the need for integrative frameworks to grasp such a complex phenomenon. We do not agree. We would instead posit that the M&A field has become marred by a set of bureaucratic method techniques that trivialize research with little organizational relevance. If we are to advance our understanding of M&As, as scholars we must rethink how we produce knowledge in the M&A field in terms of research designs and sources of data. This is the aim of this research note—to discuss a possible way to query M&As. To accomplish this, we will address some methodological issues about the study of M&A as processes instead of as one time events in order to bring forward some ideas on how to learn more about M&A processes.

Mergers and acquisitions-Time for a methodological rejuvenation of the field?

MEGLIO O;
2010-01-01

Abstract

Mergers and acquisitions (henceforth M&As) have long attracted interest from academics. Yet, despite all the research, we don’t seem to know much about M&A outcomes. Reasons for this state of affairs are frequently attributed to the fragmentation and existence of substantive gaps in current M&A literature, and the need for integrative frameworks to grasp such a complex phenomenon. We do not agree. We would instead posit that the M&A field has become marred by a set of bureaucratic method techniques that trivialize research with little organizational relevance. If we are to advance our understanding of M&As, as scholars we must rethink how we produce knowledge in the M&A field in terms of research designs and sources of data. This is the aim of this research note—to discuss a possible way to query M&As. To accomplish this, we will address some methodological issues about the study of M&A as processes instead of as one time events in order to bring forward some ideas on how to learn more about M&A processes.
2010
mergers and acquisitions; methodology and methods; processual research; partecipant observation; ethnography
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