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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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Scope and Methods

Scope and Methods

(p.62) 6 Scope and Methods
The Management of International Acquisitions

John Child (Contributor Webpage)

David Faulkner

Robert Pitkethly (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter describes the scope and methods of the original research undertaken for this book. It explains how the combination of a survey and case studies — employing primarily quantitative and qualitative methods respectively — provided a credible picture of the impact of the foreign companies on their new British subsidiaries. Details are provided on the population, survey sample, checks for bias, and case study selection. Details of the survey and case study questions and the broad characteristics of case study companies are also given. The investigation of a number of UK acquisitions by UK companies as a control group is described and justified. The practical difficulties encountered in compiling reliable and comprehensive data on acquisitions in the UK point to the need for better information in this important policy area. The range of research methods employed facilitated the successful triangulation of the field of study.

Keywords:   survey, case study, methodology, interview, questions, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, control group

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