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The Management of International Acquisitions$
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John Child, David Faulkner, and Robert Pitkethly

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267101.001.0001

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Acquisitions in a Globally Competitive Landscape

Acquisitions in a Globally Competitive Landscape

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(p.7) 2 Acquisitions in a Globally Competitive Landscape
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The Management of International Acquisitions
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John Child (Contributor Webpage)

David Faulkner

Robert Pitkethly (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267101.003.0002

This chapter provides information on the scale and scope of M&A. The M&A boom is part and parcel of globalization, and the main drivers behind this movement are considered. These include market, cost, competitive and government drivers of acquisitions. Acquisitions are also one of several strategic options for a firm to expand through integration with other companies. Alternatives include options such as cooperative agreements and joint ventures. Acquisitions permit a range of choice regarding integration that other means of cooperation, even mergers, do not. Cross-border acquisitions in pursuit of globalization raise questions about the reconciliation of different national approaches to management, and they provide opportunities to evaluate the performance impact of different national approaches within a given host economy.

Keywords:   scale, M&A, globalization, integration, strategic options

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