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The Handbook of Mergers and Acquisitions$
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David Faulkner, Satu Teerikangas, and Richard J. Joseph

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199601462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601462.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
The Handbook of Mergers and Acquisitions

David Faulkner

Satu Teerikangas

Richard J. Joseph

Oxford University Press

Despite decades of experience and research, many results in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) research remain contested and inconclusive; this introductory chapter argues that the field is in need of a re-rooting. It posits the need to bridge the strategic, financial, and sociocultural lenses in the study and practice of M&A. It posits four shortcomings underlying present-day M&A activity that is seen as stemming from this unbridged divide: egotistic drivers of M&A activity, M&A as victims of myopic growth, a “Tayloristic” view that omits the human element, and a prevailing short-term focus. As a means of moving beyond the seeming lack of interdisciplinarity in the study and practice of M&A, this chapter proposes a three-dimensional model of M&A management consisting of the strategic, financial, and sociocultural dimensions of M&A activity. This three-fold conceptualization provides the background for the Handbook’s structure and syntheses.

Keywords:   mergers and acquisitions, finance, strategy, management

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