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Social Network Mixing Patterns in Mergers and Acquisitions-A Simulation Experiment

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  • Robert Fabac

    (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics)

  • Markus Schatten

    (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics)

  • Tomislav Đuričin

    (Bio-Zrno d.o.o.)

Abstract

In the contemporary world of global business and continuously growing competition, organizations tend to use mergers and acquisitions to enforce their position on the market. The future organization’s design is a critical success factor in such undertakings. The field of social network analysis can enhance our uderstanding of these processes as it lets us reason about the development of networks, regardless of their origin. The analysis of mixing patterns is particularly useful as it provides an insight into how nodes in a network connect with each other. We hypothesize that organizational networks with compatible mixing patterns will be integrated more successfully. After conducting a simulation experiment, we suggest an integration model based on the analysis of network assortativity. The model can be a guideline for organizational integration, such as occurs in mergers and acquisitions.

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Article provided by Society for Promotion of Business Information Technology (BIT) in its journal Business Systems Research.

Volume (Year): 2 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 36-44

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Handle: RePEc:bit:bsrysr:v:2:y:2011:i:1:p:36-44

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Keywords: mergers & acquisition; social network; analysis; mixing patterns; assortativity; organizational design;

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  1. John Hagedoorn, 2002. "External Sources of Innovative Capabilities: The Preferences for Strategic Alliances or Mergers and Acquisitions," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 39(2), pages 167-188, 03.
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  1. Jakov (Yasha) Crnkovic, 2013. "Invited Article: The Future of CRM is UX," Business Systems Research, Society for Promotion of Business Information Technology (BIT), vol. 4(1), pages 4-13.
  2. Ivan Todorović & Stefan Komazec & Mladen Čudanov, 2013. "Different Successful Patterns for Implementing Holding Model in Public Sector," Business Systems Research, Society for Promotion of Business Information Technology (BIT), vol. 4(2), pages 58-67.

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