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A Bird in the Hand or Two in the Bush?: Integration Trade-offs in Technology-grafting Acquisitions

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  • Puranam, Phanish
  • Singh, Harbir
  • Zollo, Maurizio
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    Technology-grafting acquisitions are the acquisitions of technology-based entrepreneurial firms by established firms. They are often motivated by the need to bring products speedily to market, as well as develop future product pipelines. We argue that these are conflicting objectives; a trade-off between short and long-term performance arises because acquisition integration has opposite effects on the strength of the organizational linkages between target and acquirer, and on the continued innovative capacity of the target firm.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Management Journal.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 179-184

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    Keywords: Technology acquisitions Organizational integration Product development;

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    Cited by:
    1. Marcus Wagner, 2008. "Technology sourcing by large incumbents through acquisition of small firms," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2008-055, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
    2. Feiqiong Chen & Yin Wang, 2014. "Integration risk in cross-border M&A based on internal and external resource: empirical evidence from China," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 48(1), pages 281-295, January.
    3. Hussinger, Katrin, 2010. "Absorptive capacity and post-acquisition inventor productivity," ZEW Discussion Papers 10-066, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    4. Larsen, Michael Holm, 2006. "Value Creation through ICT Integration in Merger & Acquisition Processes," Working Papers 2005-8, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Informatics.
    5. Wagner, Marcus, 2011. "To explore or to exploit? An empirical investigation of acquisitions by large incumbents," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 40(9), pages 1217-1225.

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