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A merger or acquisition is usually a challenging endeavor with a single ultimate aim: to create value for the owner. However, stakeholder theory shows how such a narrow and one-sided focus is detrimental to value-creation in general - not only for other stakeholders within and outside the organization, but also for the owner. Especially in a merger or an acquisition, it is evident that there are many groups and individuals who have a stake in the success or failure of a business.
So far, the overwhelming majority of research in the field of mergers and acquisitions has focused on the merging organizations, and so researchers have mainly studied internal stakeholder groups, such as employees and managers. This book shows how different stakeholders, internal and external, may play a critical role during a merger or an acquisition process. The book builds on empirical examples that illustrate how various stakeholders play active roles throughout the different phases, and, thus, ultimately affect the outcome and the value formation process of the merger or the acquisition. There is still much debate on how and when to best measure the outcome of a merger or an acquisition. With its comprehensive focus on stakeholders, this volume explores why some mergers and acquisitions fail while others succeed.
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Helen Anderson is Professor of Business Administration at Jonkoping International Business School, with a concentration in Marketing. Her research interests are in business dynamics, innovation, strategic change, and mergers and acquisitions. Virpi Havila is Professor of Business Studies at the Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University, with a concentration in Industrial Marketing. Her research interests include mergers and acquisitions, project ending and effects of ending business-to-business relationships. Fredrik Nilsson is Professor of Business Administration at Uppsala University with a concentration in Accounting. His research is focused on understanding the role of control systems in formulating and implementing strategies.
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