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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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Power and Politics in Mergers and Acquisitions

Power and Politics in Mergers and Acquisitions

(p.495) Chapter 20 Power and Politics in Mergers and Acquisitions
The Handbook of Mergers and Acquisitions

Janne Tienari

Eero Vaara

Oxford University Press

This chapter sheds light on power-related issues in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). A brief overview of the ways in which power has been treated in management and organization studies is provided. This is followed by an analysis of the ways in which power and politics have been conceptualized in different strands of the M&A literature, focusing on motives and performance, employee concerns, cultures and cultural politics, identities and identification, institutions, legitimation and discursive struggles, and marginalization and exclusion. Seminal studies in the field, where the treatment of power is often implicit, are revisited. Classics in M&A literature are re-read in terms of how they (seem to) conceptualize power, and examples are also provided of more explicit takes on power and politics in the M&A context. Important contributions are highlighted, but also some of the limitations of extant theorizing are pointed out.

Keywords:   mergers and acquisitions, power, politics, marginalization, motives, employee concerns, identities, institutions, legitimation

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