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The Phenomenon of Merger and Acquisition within the Automotive Industry


  • Liviu WARTER

    () (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iaºi, Romania)

  • Iulian WARTER

    () (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iaºi, Romania)


M&A is a way to survive and succeed in a competitive global environment as a consequence of new political, monetary and regulatory issues. The complex phenomenon that M&As represent has received consistent attention from the research community over the last 30 years. Large scaled M&As between automotive manufacturers, like the Daimler-Chrysler merger, the alliance between Renault and Nissan and the acquisition of Volvo by Ford, have attracted significant attention in the last decades. However, apart from this considerable interest, the findings on the general performance of automotive M&As are inconsistent and contradictory. This paper is focused on some critical success factors in automotive M&As like the connection between pre-acquisition and post-acquisition processes, turnover of key people etc. The phenomenon of merger and acquisition within the automotive industry needs further research and discussions due to the fact that some strategic alliances and M&A proved to be successful (e.g. Skoda - Volkswagen) and others not (e.g. Rover - BMW).

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  • Liviu WARTER & Iulian WARTER, 2017. "The Phenomenon of Merger and Acquisition within the Automotive Industry," North Economic Review, Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Department of Economics and Physics, vol. 1(1), pages 208-215, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:clj:noecrw:v:1:y:2017:i:1:p:208-215

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    mergers and acquisitions (M&As); M&A performance; automotive industry;

    JEL classification:

    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • L62 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Automobiles; Other Transportation Equipment; Related Parts and Equipment
    • Z19 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Other


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