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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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Knowledge Management in Mergers and Acquisitions

Knowledge Management in Mergers and Acquisitions

(p.454) Chapter 18 Knowledge Management in Mergers and Acquisitions
The Handbook of Mergers and Acquisitions

Sajjad M. Jasimuddin

Oxford University Press

This chapter stresses the importance of knowledge management for mergers and acquisitions (M&As), a popular strategy of survival and growth that is believed to enhance a firm’s competitive advantage over its rivals. Cross-border M&As is a widely used mode of market entry, which constitutes a large share of global FDI flows entry into a host country. While in the 21st century, managing knowledge is increasingly recognized as being a critical strategic task for an organization, the literature on knowledge management in M&A activity is relatively limited. Although M&As in many cases fail to deliver satisfactory results, knowledge management is a strategically important tool for M&As’ success. The chapter aims to elaborate the role of knowledge management in the M&A context, and to identify the factors that facilitate its implementation in M&As, suggesting that the effective implementation of knowledge management in an amalgamated firm can help explore and exploit knowledge in a post-M&A situation.

Keywords:   competitive advantage, knowledge management, mergers and acquisitions, organizational growth, organizational knowledge, strategy

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