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External Takeovers in Scottish Manufacturing: The Effect on Local Linkages and Corporate Functions

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  • Ashcroft, Brian K

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This paper examines the effects of the external takeover of Scottish manufacturing companies during the period 1965 to 1980. The importance of linkage -and function effects for the performance of the regional economy is highlighted. Using survey data obtained from a detailed study of twenty-five acquired companies, the net changes in linkages and functions are identified and discriminant analysis is applied to determine whether the change is associated with the particular characteristics of the takeovers. The loss of functions and linkages is found to be associated with the particular characteristics of the acquisitions, especially poor preacquisition performance and horizontal takeover. Copyright 1988 by Scottish Economic Society.

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  • Ashcroft, Brian K, 1988. "External Takeovers in Scottish Manufacturing: The Effect on Local Linkages and Corporate Functions," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 35(2), pages 129-148, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:35:y:1988:i:2:p:129-48
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    1. Armstrong, H. & De Kervenoael, R. J. & Li, X. & Read, R., 1998. "A comparison of the economic performance of different micro-states, and between micro-states and larger countries," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 26(4), pages 639-656, April.
    2. Harvey W. Armstrong & Robert Read, 2002. "The phantom of liberty?: economic growth and the vulnerability of small states," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(4), pages 435-458.
    3. Andy Cosh & Alan Hughes, 1996. "International merger activity and the national regulation of mergers: A UK perspective," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 23(3), pages 279-302, October.
    4. Armstrong, Harvey & Read, Robert, 1995. "Western European micro-states and EU autonomous regions: The advantages of size and sovereignty," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 23(7), pages 1229-1245, July.

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